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Principal Research Scientist - Polymers

Callaghan Innovation
Job Category:
Science and Environment
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

About the role

There is significant consumer-led pressure surrounding the use of plastics and polymers. We want to help NZ industry respond positively to these challenges.

We're looking for a creative and passionate applied polymer scientist or engineer interested in the following:

  • Breaking down the barriers to uptake of bioplastics and biodegradable plastics
  • Product design to minimise plastic usage
  • Driving disposal and recycling up the waste hierarchy
  • Polymer processing and manufacturing

You will bring technical leadership and industry knowledge in this field, to assist our Advanced Materials group in growing New Zealand businesses by solving highly complex problems and accelerating commercialisation.

As a Principal Research Scientist, you will collaborate and engage both internally and with external parties to develop solutions for difficult challenges faced by NZ industry. This will require someone with strengths in problem solving and driving success through technical leadership, as well as significant experience in leading and managing project teams, with a strong focus on the customer.

What's more, this role will also provide ample opportunity to pass on your technical expertise through mentoring and coaching through the variety of tasks and project deliverables at hand.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have the following:

  • At least 10 years experience in a materials research or product development environment
  • A post-graduate qualification in polymers/plastics/materials science/engineering, or equivalent
  • Proven experience leading project teams
  • Strong connections and relationships with both New Zealand industry and research institutes
  • Demonstrated ability to attract commercial contracts
  • Ability to engage effectively with customers and other stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including coaching/mentoring

About us

Callaghan Innovation is New Zealand's innovation agency. We activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand. To do this we partner with ambitious businesses of all sizes, delivering a range of innovation and research and development (R&D) services to suit each stage of their growth. Our staff - including more than 200 of New Zealand's leading scientists and engineers - empower innovators by connecting people, opportunities and networks, and providing tailored technical solutions, skills and capability development programmes, and grants co-funding.

If you are looking for the opportunity to make a difference in a busy and exciting role, please APPLY NOW.

To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter the job code 10722GOV.

Applications close Friday, 1 November 2019.

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