Material Development Engineer

Lincoln, IL

Posted: 05/09/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Industrial Chemicals Job Number: 142.24DM Remote: Experience:

Job Description

Material Development Engineer

We are seeking a result driven candidate who is a self-starter and a creative problem solver, with the ability to work closely with product development, business teams and our customers and help bring new products to the market across a wide set of markets and applications.  This role will be key to develop and lead the efforts of the material development team.  This position is onsite.


  • Work with the business unit to align research and development priorities with customer requests and technical difficulty
  • Develop compounds and manufacturing methods to achieve novel material morphologies
  • Work with the product development team, the QC lab, the research team to bring online additional testing capabilities
  • Design experiments to elucidate root causes of product challenges
  • Document results and provide conclusions & recommendations
  • Stay up to date with technological developments in rubber compounding and seek bio-based analogues to petrochemical additives

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Dave Maxwell at

JO:  142.24DM

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Required, bachelor’s degree (materials science, polymer science or related discipline), preferred master’s degree
  • Required, 3 plus years previous industry experience in rubber compounding
  • Required, hands-on experience in rubber mixing on a two-roll mill
  • Required, hands-on experience in rubber testing (tensile, abrasion, fatigue)
  • Required, hands-on laboratory chemistry experience (titrations, solution preparation)
  • Demonstrated ability to generate compounding alternatives to fix product challenges
  • Experience in experimental design and results analysis
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills, excellent interpersonal and analytical skills
  • A start-up mentality as well as the ability to wear multiple hats
  • Fluency in office productivity tools (Microsoft Office, Google Suite)
  • Attention to detail
  • Written and conversational fluency in English

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Dave Maxwell at

JO:  142.24DM

Meet Your Recruiter

Dave Maxwell
Sr Technical Recruiter

Senior Level Recruitment Professional since 1996 with experience in the recruitment and placement of Industrial Chemists and Scientists Nationwide from Executive to Entry level.  Resins, Polymers, Adhesives, Coatings, Plastics, Lubricants, Specialty Chemicals, Agricultural Chemicals, Additives, Inks, Consumer Products, and more!

I have been very successful at bringing top valued talent to my clients and providing expert level guidance to candidates in their career searches.

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