Senior R&D Chemist in Los Angeles, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 6/19/2018

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Job Description

Apex Life Sciences is searching for an experienced R&D Chemist for an Aerospace company in the Northern Los Angeles area!


  • Leading new developments in polymeric materials.
  • The chosen candidate will need experience that will aid them in quickly developing expertise in resins, urethanes, high clarity and uniform optics, impact resistant materials and related manufacturing process implementation.
  • Utilize their experiences to identify, propose and execute new developments to expand the company's capabilities


  • Responsible for the development of new materials, substitute materials, and new processes for use in transparency manufacturing and operations.
  • Provide subject domain expertise on materials and processes failures.
  • Lead development of new materials from ideation to development and launch into manufacturing.
  • Create material and application process specifications.
  • Communicate technical advice to internal and external Customers.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the appropriate scientific fields.
  • Provide leadership on root cause analysis for production issues encountered in scale-up and manufacturing of products in subject domain.
  • Expected to independently lead projects with variable team member backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills at all levels through report writing, presentations, asking questions and seeking information where needed.
  • Performs experiments to develop new products for urethanes, polymers, composites and/or other business driven needs.
  • Shows good record keeping methods and submits weekly and monthly reports on time.
  • Is a good team member and supports others where needed and possible.
  • Uses appropriate analytical tools for tasks. 
  • Introduces improvements and/or product development alone or with teams with a potential benefit to company of >$200k per year in revenue or improved profitability.
  • Capability of operating and guiding others in use of analytical equipment necessary for job.
  • Experimental and laboratory bench skills with success in developing new skills in order to solve problems and advance product technology independently.
  • Demonstrates a desire to take on new projects and supports where needed.
  • Gets authorization before starting tasks and asks questions before continuing with an unclear assignment.
  • Active participation in 6S (organization and safety) activities.
  • Ability to complete tasks within a reasonable and agreed upon schedule.
  • Follows all procedures and safety requirements.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a polymer R&D environment is preferred
  • Must have a PhD in Materials, Polymers, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Prior experience with transparent materials, glass, ceramics, forming and characterization is preferred.
  • Person should also demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, ability to work well in a team, independently seek solutions, ask questions as needed, and work well across all levels of employees from operators to upper management.
  • Peer-reviewed publications, grant writing, Lean and Six Sigma tools, aerospace or military research, composite materials development, and product to market experience are highly desirable.
  • Passion for profitable technical innovation, communication, demonstrated project execution and ability to work well in a team environment are fundamental to the position.

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