Chemical Manufacturing Associate

This is a temporary position which may lead to a regular full-time job.

Swing Shift hours are: 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm.  First 2-4 weeks of Training occurs during the Day Shift hours are 6:00am – 2:30pm. 

Nanosys is looking for a Chemical Manufacturing Associate who will be responsible for supporting the group’s production of quantum dots including performing purifications and synthetic chemistry following standard operating procedures.  All processes are done using chemical reactors and specialized manufacturing equipment.

Job Summary:
The Chemical Manufacturing Associate performs routine manufacturing operations for the production of commercial products.  Complies with all Safety, Health and Environmental policies as well as with all company Quality policies. Operates production equipment according to SOPs. Performs manufacturing activities of full scope including but not limited to work functions in Quantum Dot Synthesis, Blending and Packaging. Operations are carried out on reactors ranging in size from 20gal to 150gal as well as tangential flow filtration (TFF) and thin film evaporator (TFE) equipment.  It is expected that the Chemical Manufacturing Associate participates and contributes to continual improvement efforts.  May assist with the execution of validation and qualification protocols; and may assist with in-process testing to assure batches meet specifications.

Summary of essential job functions:
Essential Job Functions include but are not limited to:

  • Adhering to and actively support corporate Employee, Health & Safety polices.  
  • Identifying, reporting and participating in recommended improvement or corrective action on safety and environmental problems.
  • Participating in Employee Health & Safety audits, site meetings, and group discussions.
  • Performing daily production of commercial or development products according to production plan.
  • Assessing workload and adjust time to complete work within timelines needed to meet production plan and customer demands.
  • Working with all site staff as needed to support various projects.
  • Demonstrating positive teamwork, assisting fellow team members in completing work when necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Assisting in performing and properly documenting assigned calibrations and preventive maintenance according to schedule.
  • Maintaining, labeling and properly first-in-first out Raw Material, In Process or Finished Goods inventories according to established procedures.
  • Communication of process deviation.
  • Improving knowledge and skills through training.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in production or manufacturing environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with multiple deadlines and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Must show a commitment to maintaining a safe workplace.
  • Ability to take direction from multiple sources, and manage time to meet daily testing needs as well as satisfy longer term commitments to project support.
  • Ability to multi-task is essential for success in this position.
  • Should be very detail oriented.
  • Good documentation skills, including written and oral communication is necessary.
  • Must show a commitment to best laboratory and manufacturing practices.
  • Must maintain satisfactory attendance at work facility, to include timeliness.
  • To support plant operation must be available and willing to work overtime on holidays, weekends and afterhours.
  • Strong teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.

    Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Chemical manufacturing specifically working with 100gal scale reactors, TFF or TFE.
  • Understanding of safe and air free fluid transfer techniques.
  • Experience in GMP environment.

    Education, Experience and Certifications:      
  • AA in science (chemistry, physics, biology) with 2 years relevant work experience. (Chemical Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device)
  • B.S. in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (or equivalent)
  • Recent references available to confirm experience in Manufacturing or Production.
  • B.S. in Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering (or equivalent) with relevant work experience desired.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing for multiple hours while working in front of manufacturing apparatus including glove boxes, fume hoodsuse of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 40 pounds. With or without corrective lens: close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus). Must be capable of climbing step stool to reach items at heights above 7 feet. Must be able to physically stand for up to one hour continuously.  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses, gloves. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

Work is performed in a chemical manufacturing environment. The ambient noise level in the environment is moderate, with periodic higher frequency noise from processing equipment operation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work with hazardous chemicals. 

EEOE M/F/D/V

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Sr. Process/Maintenance Mechanic

Join the Quantum Dot Pioneers!

Nanosys is the worlds’ leading designer and manufacturer of Quantum Dots.  We are building a materials revolution, combining scientific expertise with awareness of the system needs of TV and display manufacturers.

Our quantum dots are designed to increase the range of colors emitted by standard displays by up to 50% and that’s why we are interested in the color emitting characteristics of the semi-conductor materials we synthesize into fluorescent nanocrystals.  Once created, the dots are coated onto a barrier film that we call QDEF, which in turn is added to a display during the manufacturing process.  We are constantly developing new dots, improving our manufacturing processes and always pushing the R&D envelope.

At our heart we are a specialty chemicals company and our manufacturing process requires that we run wet chemistry lines with commercial scale reactors and process piping.  We are currently growing our production capabilities and transforming some of our pilot lines into full scale commercial production.  As we expand, the engineering we do and the products we make have never been created before.  Our machine shop capabilities allow us to fabricate one off fittings.  Our cutting edge environment creates a unique opportunity for the kind of engineering and maintenance mechanic that enjoys a challenge and who can take ownership of equipment and processes – if that’s you then we invite you to consider the following opportunity at Nanosys.

Sr. Process/Maintenance Mechanic #840

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, layout and fabricate prototypes and fixtures for batch chemical processing operations.
  • Work with the Engineering and Production departments to diagnose, repair and modify chemical processing equipment to insure safe and efficient operation.
  • Respond to problems with utilities and the equipment supporting plant operations. 
  • Ensure that all PM schedules and protocols are followed in a timely manner and that all records are kept up to date.
  • Install and start up new equipment.
  • Write and conduct Installation and Operational Qualification (IQ/OQ) procedures for new equipment.
  • Track equipment histories to ensure critical spare parts inventory.
  • Follow Safety, Health & Environmental safe work procedures.

Experience and Job Requirements:

  • Strong hands-on mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and equipment trouble shooting skills.
  • High school diploma or equivalent and five to eight years of mechanical maintenance experience in a chemical manufacturing or a fermentation / biotech / pharma environment.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair mechanical, electrical or pneumatic problems with chemical production equipment and piping.
  • Familiarity with maintenance and handling of glass lined steel equipment.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and repairing vacuum pumps, piping and high & low pressure plumbing.
  • Experienced with use of hand tools and power tools. Ability to use machine tools to fabricate custom parts.
  • Experience working with hazardous materials such as solvents and acids.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Must be safety conscious and have excellent safety record.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA regulations.
  • Ability to establish good working relationships with other departments.

Desirable Skills:

  • Write procedures for preventative maintenance (PM) and repair of equipment planned for use in production. 
  • Experience with PLC programming and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to use CAD to design prototype components and fixtures.
  • Knowledge of HVAC and facilities equipment.

Physical requirements necessary to perform this job:

  • Visual acuity sufficient to work with small parts.
  • Ability to hear abnormal sounds from process equipment, safety alarms    and process alarms.
  • Physical ability to perform equipment maintenance, including occasionally working in awkward positions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to manipulate heavy items such as gas cylinders.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing, sitting, use of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 50 pounds, close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe and area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).  Must be capable of climbing step stool to reach items at heights above 7 feet.  Must be able to physically stand for up to one hour.  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses.  Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

Work is performed in either a laboratory environment or manufacturing setting.  The ambient noise level in the work environment is moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. 

Nanosys offers competitive salary with a wide range of benefits including a comprehensive health plan, basic life and AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) savings plan, paid time off, paid holidays, employee referral program and stock options. We are seeking results-oriented people that are driven to succeed through teamwork, focused on discovery to solve real-world challenges, and passionate about building a new industry.

EOE-M/F/D/V employer

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Director of Facilities & Equipment Maintenance

Join the Quantum Dot Pioneers!

Nanosys is building a materials revolution, combining scientific expertise with awareness of the system needs of TV and display manufacturers.  We are looking for people who are not only energetic, committed and passionate about what they do, but focused on applying innovation to help the display industry overcome obstacles through materials architecture.  We have a “roll-up your sleeves” culture that is based upon individual empowerment, mutual respect, integrity and recognition of successes.

Our quantum dots are designed to increase the range of colors emitted by standard displays by up to 50% and that’s why we are interested in the color emitting characteristics of the semi-conductor materials we synthesize into fluorescent nanocrystals.  Once created, the dots are coated onto a barrier film that we call QDEF, which in turn is added to a display during the manufacturing process.  We are constantly developing new dots, looking at new methods of encapsulation and always pushing the R&D envelope regarding the materials we design and manufacture.  We have been very successful in developing the market for quantum dots in the display industry and we’ve been responsible for many breakthrough technological achievements.  As a consequence of our manufacturing improvement efforts we are now looking to hire a skilled Facilities Director who will take our scale-up and capital equipment projects to the next level.  Nanosys currently occupies 60,000 sq ft of manufacturing, R&D laboratories and office space located in Milpitas, CA.

Director of Facilities & Equipment Maintenance:

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Director of Facilities & Equipment Maintenance will take ownership of the Nanosys building and all its facilities and processes supporting manufacturing.  The Director will also manage the functions of the facilities group and will have responsibility for planned, preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment, machinery, and buildings systems, utilizing both internal and contract resources.  The ideal candidate will have hands on experience in facilities and equipment maintenance or facilities engineering in a manufacturing environment where the up-time of process equipment is critical.  In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in roles of progressively more responsibility such that their tactical and management skills will be a key contributor to their ability to provide long term strategic value to the company and its employees.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop and directly manage the facilities department’s annual and long term budget.
  • Develop, manage, and maintain robust service/scheduling programs for facility equipment and utilities supporting both manufacturing and laboratory environments, including compressed air systems, HVAC equipment, security systems, etc.  This will include overseeing the validation and compliance aspects of the facilities department including deviation investigations, change control and work order management.
  • Manage capital improvement and construction projects including planning, implementation, and working with city and other agencies to secure permits and other regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinate and direct plant shutdowns to include preventative maintenance, major projects and plant modifications
  • Hire, develop and evaluate personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the facility.
  • Manage contracts for facility equipment maintenance, janitorial services etc.
  • Work with EHS&S to ensure the facility complies with local Fire Department, Life Safety/NFPA codes, Cal/OSHA, Air Quality Management District, and local regulations related to building, waste and work environment.
  • Develop and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with all departments including Manufacturing, Process Engineering, Quality and R&D, to ensure the concerns of Operations are recognized in the early stages of product development.  Maintain information flow throughout the company on facility issues.
  • Act as primary interface with landlord site management and the city of Milpitas.
  • Participate as an active member of the facility’s Emergency Response Team (ERT).
  • Must be available to be on call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week (this is a shared responsibility).

Education and experience requirements:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering (or a closely related discipline) or the equivalent industrial experience.
  • Requires a minimum of 10 years’ successful experience managing mechanical and electrical infrastructure with at least 5 years in a people management capacity. Related experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical or semiconductor manufacturing industry is required.
  • Extensive experience in owning, developing and managing large facilities maintenance and capital acquisitions budgets with experience balancing short term (tactical) expenses against long term capital spend.
  • Expert understanding of assets, budget impact and workplace planning.
  • Experienced in reading and analyzing construction plans including architectural, mechanical, electrical, process piping, plumbing, fire/life safety and structural plans.
  • Excellent people management skills and experience managing facilities and maintenance crews for performance and project delivery.
  • Excellent communication skills, project management skills, and the ability to manage various projects at one time.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively across all levels of management from hands on technicians through to the CEO.
  • In depth Knowledge of and experience with local, state and federal regulations for laboratory and manufacturing facilities. Knowledge of utility systems, particularly HVAC, water and compressed air systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of Building Management Systems (BMS).
  • Knowledge of CMMS and HelpDesk software.
  • Working proficiency of Microsoft Office Programs.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. May be exposed to the following environmental conditions: wet or humid conditions, work near moving parts, work in high - precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electric shock.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job the individual is required to:

  • Stand, walk, sit, balance, stoop or crouch, kneel, reach, push, grasp, feel, talk, and hear.
  • Have clarity of vision at 20 feet or more and 20 inches or less with the ability to judge distance and space relationships, bring object into sharp focus and see up and down or to the right or left while fixed on a point. Must also have the ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Exert an amount of force continuously and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or up to 50 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Individual may be required to wear respiratory devices that include but are not limited to: Air Purifying Respirators (APR) which include half-face and full-face negative pressure respirators, hooded powered air purifying respirators, or Supplied Air Respirators (SAR), which include hooded or full face supplied air respirators.

 Nanosys offers competitive salary with a wide range of benefits including a comprehensive health plan, basic life and AD&D, short and long-term disability insurance, 401(k) savings plan, paid time off, paid holidays, employee referral program and stock options. We are seeking results-oriented people that are driven to succeed through teamwork, focused on discovery to solve real-world challenges, and passionate about building a new industry.

Relocation; currently the scope of this job does not support the paid re-location of any potentially qualified candidates.  Our site is located in Milpitas, CA and our ideal candidate lives within driving distance of our facility.

 EOE-M/F/D/V employer

Please submit your resume online at: https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=15358601