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R&D Can End Stock Co-Op

Position Overview

The Novelis Kennesaw R&D team is seeking a Can End Surface Treatment Co-op. The person in this role will report to the Lead Scientist/ Lead Technologist, Surface & Coatings. The ideal candidate will be responsible for design and execution of experiments to understand the evolution of various sheet metal surfaces throughout their manufacturing processes. Based on the understanding of surface characteristics of incumbent and various new alloys, this position will provide criteria to evaluate surfaces of metals used in can end products, and surface treatment recipes to meet those criteria.


Responsibilities & Qualifications



  • Assist in commissioning the automated surface treatment line for can end sheets (CES) 
  • Design and execute experiments to understand surface characteristics of CES produced by current and various new alloys, and at different steps of manufacturing processes 
  • Establish criteria of good cleaned and pretreated surfaces for each metal source 
  • Develop cleaning and pretreating recipes to meet those criteria. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Chemical Engineering or Materials Science. 
  • Currently enrolled in a 4-year program or working towards post graduate degree 
  • Basic knowledge on metal microstructure or metal surface characteristics 
  • Understanding of design of experiment. 
  • Experience with data analysis and reporting. 
  • Aptitude for safe handling of chemicals and equipment. 


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience with materials characterization techniques such as optical microscopy, electron microscopy (SEM), topographical evaluation, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF), optical emission spectroscopy, etc.; strong preference for hands-on experience and understanding of working principles of these techniques. 
  • Good understanding of reaction engineering

Location Profile

Novelis’ Global Research and Technology Center located in Kennesaw Georgia within the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is a cutting-edge full-service research and technology hub that employs approximately 200 people including world-class engineers metallurgists chemists and scientists. The facility includes state-of-the-art lab equipment and a diverse mix of product pilot lines that bring innovative solutions to customers in the automotive beverage can and specialty markets. Kennesaw provides a diverse and family-friendly place to live with countless museums cultural opportunities and educational institutions. Novelis is committed to the Kennesaw community and supports a number of local charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity as well as FIRST Robotics aimed at encouraging young people to pursue the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields in order to spur the next generation of scientists and innovators. Novelis recognizes its talented and diverse workforce as a key competitive advantage. Novelis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All terms and conditions of employment at Novelis including recruiting hiring placement promotion termination layoffs recalls transfers leaves of absence compensation and training are without regard to race color religion age sex national origin disability status genetics protected veteran status sexual orientation gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal provincial or local laws.