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Reasearch & Development Intern

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world. We are looking to hire a key member of our R&D team at our Belpre location. 

The Co-op Process Engineer position exists as a developmental support position for Kraton U. S. R&D Lab and plant Quality Control teams. The position will help enable product and process innovation in Kraton’s flagship commercial manufacturing and pilot plant facilities. Also, the Co-Op process Engineer will Collaborate with several R&D labs in Kraton’s global network and with manufacturing personnel to achieve business targets. 

The key responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Assess and troubleshoot polymer-manufacturing processes using analytical and engineering tools. 
  • Support pilot- and commercial-scale test runs and provide data analysis and technical recommendations. 
  • Develop and assess manufacturing processes for new-product development projects. 
  • Contribute to deployment of research work and improvement of existing processes/products. 

Required Skills:
  • Keen focus on personal and physical safety 
  • Operates with integrity 
  • Courage to make tough decisions 
  • Self-motivated and driven 
  • Positive can-do attitude 
  • Solid teamwork and leadership abilities 
  • Capable of learning and applying knowledge and skills to the performance of analytical, engineering, and technical work. 
  • Communicates effectively (written and verbal) 
  • Influencing and facilitation skills  
  • Able to research and integrate innovative ideas into the business 
  • Capable of learning and applying knowledge and skills to the performance of analytical and technical work. 

  • Students seeking Bachelor’s degree in Polymer or Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry.
  • A current undergraduate or graduate-level student pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Polymer or Chemical Engineering or related technical field with a minimum 3.0 GPA.