Chemical Manufacturing Technician

This is a contract position with the potential to convert to full time, depending on business needs.

Shift hours are from 6:00am – 2:30pm

We are the leader in developing the market for quantum dots in the TV and display industry. Our technology enables two of the hottest new features in TV today: UltraHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR). We are currently developing the next generation of super high color and ultra-high definition materials that many major TV manufacturers such as Samsung, TCL and HiSense turn to when looking to improve the color output of their latest and greatest TV.

Quantum Dots are one of the first successful commercial applications of real nanotechnology. Each quantum dot is a tiny crystal, just a bit bigger than a water molecule that has a unique superpower- the ability to emit light with incredible brightness, efficiency and pure color. Our customers apply trillions of these tiny crystals to displays in devices from TVs to tablets to make them brighter and more power efficient with accurate, lifelike colors.

Our business is growing, and we now need to bring on-board Chemical Manufacturing Technicians who will be responsible for supporting the group’s production of quantum dots including performing purifications and synthetic chemistry following standard operating procedures.  Most of the chemistry is done in glove boxes or air-free environments such as 20 – 350 gallon reactors.

Summary of essential job functions:

  • After an initial period of training the new hire will operate production equipment according to established SOPs. He/She will perform manufacturing activities of full scope including but not limited to work functions in Quantum Dot Synthesis, reagent preparation, and some analytical measurements.

  • Perform daily production of commercial or development products according to production plan.

  • Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instructions to manufacture product in glove boxes and/or air free systems/reactors.

  • Adhere to and actively support corporate Employee, Health & Safety polices.  

  • Identify, report and participate in recommended improvement or corrective action on safety and environmental problems.

  • Participate in Employee Health & Safety audits, site meetings, and group discussions.

  • Assess workload and adjust time to complete work within timelines needed to meet production plan and customer demands.

  • Demonstrate positive teamwork and assist fellow team members in completing work when necessary to meet deadlines.

  • Perform and properly document assigned calibrations and preventive maintenance according to schedule.

  • Maintain, label and exercise the practice of first-in-first out Raw Material, In Process or Finished Goods inventories according to established procedures.

  • Communicate process deviations to management.

  • Improve knowledge and skills throughout the training process.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Read and be familiar with SDS (safety data sheets) and have worn PPE when handling hazardous chemicals.

  • Demonstrated experience in either chemical lab, production or manufacturing environment.

  • Competent in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Office 365/Outlook.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with multiple deadlines and rapidly evolving priorities.

  • Must be able to work independently at times and with minimal supervision.

  • Must show a commitment to maintaining a safe workplace, best laboratory and manufacturing practices.

  • 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.

  • Strong teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong documentation skills, including written and oral communication.

  • Must maintain satisfactory attendance at work facility, to include timeliness.

  • Must be available and willing to work overtime on holidays, weekends and after hours.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Inorganic synthesis and some analytical experience, specialty chemical manufacturing.

  • Experience in air-free techniques working in glove boxes, schlenk line/vacuum gas manifold, and inert closed systems/reactors.

  • Experience with HMI’s (human machine interface), closed system pressure transfers (hooking up line connections, pressure relief valves, and pressure differentials).

  • Experience in GMP environment.

Education, Experience and Certifications:      

  • B.S. in science (chemistry,physics, biology or a similar discipline) or equivalent work experience.

  • Without degree: 2-5 years’ experience in relevant manufacturing/chemical synthesis.

  • Recent references available to confirm experience in Chemical Manufacturing or Production.

Physical Demands:

  • Required to walk or stand for multiple hours/extended period of times to operate manufacturing equipment. Use of hands or fingers to handle and/or feel.

  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety shoes, safety glasses and/or hearing protection.

  • May be required occasionally to lift, push, or pull up to 40 pounds during handling of production equipment and/or materials.

  • May be required to climb occasionally (use of stepladders/stairs in production areas) to reach items at heights above 7 feet.

  • May be required to bend, kneel, or crawl rarely when troubleshooting production equipment.

  • May be required to perform visual inspection of production equipment and equipment.

  • Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

  • 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).

Work Environment:
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.