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R&D Co-Op – Research Engineer (Films & Fabrics)

R&D Co-Op – July – November/December 2021 (Films & Fabrics)

Northborough, MA
Job Description:
Films and Fabrics (Composites) BU manufactures films for the protection of varying substrates from aging/weathering under external sunlight. Paint Protection Film (PPF), a top product for the business, is a coated TPU film that protects automotive paint surfaces from the constant attack of dirt, debris, and airborne particulates. NORFILM high-performance PPF delivers a strong and durable shield for metal, glass, or plastic surfaces exposed to extreme conditions. R&D is working on developing a next-generation PPF technology for improved stain resistance with self-healing properties.
The scope of the project will be to perform and benchmark accelerated aging tests (QUVA, Supereye, etc.) on various PPF products to understand the field performance over time and use. Additionally, we want to understand the impact of material aging (color, viscosity, MW) on formulation and processing. Mechanical and thermo-mechanical property tests will be performed to correlate the impact of aging on material properties/performance.
Required Qualifications:
•        Currently enrolled as a student in a BS, MS or Ph.D. program in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Polymer Engineering.
•        Enthusiasm with lab work: experimental design, sample testing, and analysis of polymer films
•        Capable of working independently as well as with a project team
•        Ability to graph plots and data trends to make preliminary assessments/quality/meaning of data
•        Ability to deliver short PowerPoint presentations summarizing findings
•        Possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills
•        Work safely and effectively with a diverse R&D team actively supporting a culture of safety
•        Previous research/intern experience in a lab setting

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:
•        Experience with mechanical testing (ex. Instron)
•        Experience with polymer film analytical testing: FTIR, DSC, Peel testing, Surface energy
•        Experience with UV cure formulations: rheology, mixing, polymer choice/additives
•        Experience with JMP or Minitab