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R&D Scientist

Date: May 16, 2019

Location: Fontana, CA, US

Company: James Hardie




R&D Scientist


Scope of Position: 

The R&D Scientist is responsible for understanding project objectives and the impact on the business; developing a project plan and testing methods to accomplish the project at-hand, making recommendations based on the data analyzed, and implementing the results

  • Demonstrate sense of urgency and resourcefulness in completing various assignments involving both standard operations and developmental research with minimal to no supervision.
  • Some travel is required, approximately 10%


Position Responsibilities:

  • Design testing, conduct hands on laboratory testing, analyze and interpret data by applying chemical and engineering principles toward product performance evaluation and composite formulation development
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations from laboratory studies based on sound material science knowledge and logical thinking
  • Document results as research reports and communicate the findings in presentations.
  • Support on and off site application trials, manufacturing/process quality improvements, and problem solving


Position Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in mechanical testing, reversed engineering, and analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC-MS, FTIR, DSC/TG, ICP and other laboratory instruments for organic/inorganic materials characterization is preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to clearly communicate research findings through presentations and reports.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate and cooperate with others cross-functionally on multiple projects to effectively coordinate activities and accomplish goals
  • Results driven, self-disciplined, self-directing, and hold high standard in deliverables


Education/Experience (Required):

  • B.S. with 3+ years of laboratory experience; OR
  • Master’s degree in analytical chemistry, material science or chemical/environmental engineering ; AND
  • Enthusiasm for laboratory work and hands-on research is required


Quantitative Dimensions

  • Decision Making: Innovative decision making abilities are required to be successful in this individual contributor role.  As an R&D team member, the lab scientist is required to make key decisions with regard to the assigned research projects that will have both immediate and long-term impact to the business.
  • Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities:  None




James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Fontana
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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