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Sr. Research Scientist, Materials

Date: Nov 12, 2021

Location: Fontana, CA, US

Company: James Hardie

James Hardie Research USA, LLC


Our Global Research & Product Development (R&PD) teams are focused on market driven innovation to deliver high impact new products that enable future growth.  Our teams provide a continuous pipeline of innovative new products and technologies, while leveraging James Hardie’s core value propositions of durability and low maintenance.  Our role is to act as the technology pipeline for the global organization and ensure long-term performance of our products in current and future markets.

Position Summary


As a Sr. Scientist in the Research & Development organization, the successful candidate will perform various fundamental studies to gain insights on various materials.  The Sr. R&D Scientist will primarily be responsible for researching and characterizing natural and synthetic materials for new product innovation development.


Position Responsibilities


Utilize scientific, analytical and engineering skills to characterize various natural materials through advanced instrumentation, experiment designs, formulations, and testing:  (70%)

  • Understand the material performance and the product performance
  • Use Design of Experiment (DoE) to design and conduct experiments in mechanical or chemical laboratories to test materials:  raw material composition, mechanical strength, durability,
  • Conduct literature surveys/reviews through independent research in order to understand the natural and synthetic materials
  • Make sound recommendations to R&D leaders and the business based on solid data and in alignment with business strategy



Actively leads and supports the plant safety program:  (15%)

  • Demonstrate leadership in Zero Harm & Safety initiatives that keep both employees and the workplace protected
  • Apply 5S philosophy with R&D environments and all JH locations
  • Complete monthly OSHA mandated training
  • Ensure a safe work environment through good housekeeping and equipment operations
  • Promote safety culture by leading and participating in various safety initiatives


Manages projects effectively:  (15%)

  • Utilize effective project management skills to deliver research studies in a timely manner as well as assisting and supporting other project teams or groups within the department when needed
  • Work cross-functionally with rheology and process related counterpart(s) towards a common goal


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Position Requirements


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in natural materials like stones, silica, cement, polymer or composite materials
  • Demonstrated understanding of material structure-property relationship
  • Demonstrated experience in root cause analysis and industry forensics
  • Statistics and experimental design
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the operation of laboratory equipment and analytical techniques, for example, microscopes, SEM, TEM, XRD, XRF, FTIR, hyper spectrum, thermal analysis and/or mechanical testing
  • Demonstrated experience in applying statistical techniques to evaluate data and make decisions, with the ability to problem solve using a scientific yet practical approach
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in many projects concurrently, and flexibility to quickly change focus to meet the challenging business requirements of R&D environments
  • Demonstrated project management skills, with the ability to understand project objectives and their impact on the business
  • Possesses strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills with the ability to relate well and co-operate with people at all levels
  • Possesses solid organizations skills and is detailed oriented
  • Ability to travel to various JH locations as needed




Education/Experience Required:


Education / Work Experience:

  • PhD degree in the area of material science, inorganic materials, minerology, geochemistry, analytical chemistry or other related fields
  • Minimum 5-7 years of industry work experience
  • Experience in material property and performance characterization of materials properties required
  • Hands-on experience on scientific studies of material performance from designing experiments to operating characterization instrumentations and analyzing the data
  • Knowledge and/or experience in geochemistry and minerology and advanced instrumentation for the material characterization preferred










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Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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