Composite Materials Scientist
From a team that has been instrumental in the development of leading 3D printing and advanced manufacturing technologies comes the biggest development yet. At higher strength and lower density than titanium, carbon fiber composites hold the potential to change the world by unlocking novel design architectures that deliver unparalleled performance at lighter weights. Despite this potential, the complexity and cost of designing and manufacturing these anisotropic materials has limited their use to high-end, niche applications. Arris Composites has solved this problem and some of the top companies in the world have taken notice. New design latitude and improved performance provides competitive advantages for leaders across the industrial and consumer markets. Your view of composites is about to change.
Arris Composites is seeking an experienced composite materials scientist with five or more years of experience with composite materials R&D and/or composite materials production manufacturing. You are a problem solver with a knack for 3D thinking, experience building working mechanical devices, a deep intuitive sense of Newtonian physics, and a desire for elegance. You should be experienced in developing, prototyping and improving your designs in close collaboration with a skilled team.
- Design, prototype and improve composite formulations
- Come up with new formulation combinations of resin, fiber, sizing, and additives
- Hands-on prototyping, fabrication, testing of new composite materials
- Test new composite material formulations and characterize their properties
- Work collaboratively with technical and non-technical team members to achieve shared goals.
- Estimate technical risk and time to complete tasks
- Work with a multidisciplinary team in a dynamic work environment
- Minimum MS in mechanical engineering or materials science
- 5+ years experience working with thermoplastic composite materials
- Experience in selecting optimal fiber, sizing, and resin options for a composite formulation and understanding the tradeoffs between the available option
- Preferred experience with carbon, glass, aramid, CNT, and polymer fibers
- Experience in bonding, welding, melting, and processing of thermoplastic composite materials
- Experience in controlling thermal contraction and expansion of thermoplastic composites
- Knowledge of composite laminate theory and optimal fiber alignments
- Experience with impregnating and wetting out fibers with thermoplastic resin
- Fundamental understanding of fiber wetout with practical experience in optimizing and improving wetout
- Hand on experience testing composites (e.g. tensile, flex, compression) and diagnosing failure modes
- Excellent attention to detail
- Good written and verbal communication skills. You can sketch well enough to communicate complex ideas.
- You have vision and can respectfully disagree when you see things differently than others. But you also can recognize when your concept isn’t the one that we’re moving forward with, and you can get 100 percent behind the new direction.
- Great references
- Benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance, and snacks including but not limited to peanut butter pretzels.
- This position is in Berkeley, CA. It’s within walking distance to Amtrak, ~1.5 miles from BART, and ~ 1 mile from the Marina Ferry (direct from SF Ferry Building)
- Please send your application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A short cover letter showing us that you have read this ad and are responding to our needs.
- Your resume, in .pdf format.
Arris Composites, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.