Materials Engineering - Plastic Formulation & Additive Specialist

Summary

Posted: Jul 27, 2022
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200406032
We are looking for an experienced plastic material developer with formulation and and additive selection experience to join our Materials Engineering team. As a member of Apple’s Polymer Engineering Team, you will help conceive and implement exciting new polymer materials for Apple’s future products. You will also play a key part in developing new materials to enable the vision of Apples industrial design through materials . The position requires a hands-on can-do attitude and a passion for exploring all aspects of polymer material science.

Key Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in plastic material properties, part design, and plastic fabrication methods
  • Knowledgable with detailed additive selection to extend the performance of plastic materials
  • Expert or experienced in additive systems such as stabilizers (thermal, UV, etc), processing aids, flame retardants, and wear additives.
  • Experience formulating with new and/or different additives to determine compatibly and performance
  • A master of translating polymer property structure relationships to materials performance
  • Experience with plastics failure analysis, finite element analysis simulation, and plastics design for manufacturing
  • Experience in managing complex development programs with overseas vendors is preferred.
  • Experience with supporting material selection and plastic processing for highly cosmetic applications
  • A master of problem solving, including root cause analysis and DOE creation. Ability to break down complex problems into actionable next steps.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Travel is about 25% and a mix of domestic and international.

Description

Serve as Apple’s internal plastics material expert by leveraging a thorough understanding of the chemistry and properties of polymer materials and additives. Explore and evaluate new additives to extend plastic material performance. Lead the development of new plastic materials and processes to meet the application performance requirements of a wide range of product designs. Support Apple’s environmental mission with developing recycled and renewable plastics to meet demanding requirements. Develop collaborative relationships with Apple suppliers in order to influence their multigenerational product development plans to meet material needs anticipated in future Apple product designs. Leverage your technical contacts and network with industry experts to discover new technologies, which could be applied to Apple designs for improved performance and differentiation. Collaborate with product design and operations teams on material selection, design feasibility and assembly techniques of new product designs. Create data-rich material matrices to summarize advantages & disadvantages of candidate materials. Work with suppliers and internal/external laboratories in order to create material characterization data to support FEA simulation and build engineering confidence in the performance of a material for a given part design. Lead failure analysis investigations for plastic materials. Leverage expertise in analytical test methods to understand root cause and develop corrective actions. Proficient with the use of Design For Manufacturing, SPC and Six Sigma techniques and visit factories to fully understand their capabilities, quality requirements and resolve difficult material-related issues.

Education & Experience

MS in chemistry, chemical engineering, plastics engineering, or material science or requires 5+ years in the plastics industry developing customize customized material formulations.

Additional Requirements

  • Travel is about 25% and a mix of domestic and international.
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