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Coating Engineer

Company: Nelumbo, Inc
Location: Hayward
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Description of Position:
The Coatings Engineer will support the development of textile coatings and processes by designing and executing experiments based on the Nelumbo patented platform of structured ceramic-based coatings. The ideal candidate will have technical experience in surface modification with silicones, minerals, ceramic-based coatings, and organic materials. Candidates with experience in hydroxyapatite coatings and other bioimplant coatings are preferred.

Responsibilities:
Develop textiles finishes or coatings to meet new regulatory requirements, improved sustainability, and performance.
Conduct bench-top formulation experiments, testing, and characterization of new coating formulations.
Design experiments and manage a team of Research Associates and Interns.
Prepare and evaluate samples for existing and new customers evaluation.
Generate presentations and communicate results in regular internal and customer facing meetings.
Draft work instructions, test methods, and technical reports.
Collaborate with a cross-functional team to refine formulations, application methods, and product scale-up.
Lead product development projects and coordinate mill trials with customers when required.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree required in Engineering (Chemical, Materials Science, Chemistry or Textile) or related discipline; Masters or Ph.D. preferred.
2-5 years of experience in R&D, Application Development or Process Development.
3+ years of wet lab experience
Understanding of coatings failure mechanisms and demonstrated experience providing appropriate solutions.
Prior experience with formulations, ceramic deposits, coating technology, surface science, material characterization, adhesion, emulsions, and testing equipment.
Demonstrated abilities in problem solving and experimental design
Self-motivated team player who leads by doing.

Desirable Qualifications:
Experience in characterizing coatings, thin films (e.g. wear and abrasion, film thickness, wetting, adhesion, drying and curing behavior, rheology, surface imaging and spectroscopy techniques)
Experience characterizing Micro/nano-structured materials or surfaces.
Research experience in Hydroxyapatite (HA), Implant Coatings, Calcium Phosphates, Biocompatible Surfaces, Bioceramics, Osteoconductive Coatings, Biomaterials
Experience in Textile manufacturing processes, such as pretreatment, dyeing, finishing, coatings, and heat treatment
Knowledge of Textile testing methods - eg. Spray Ratings (AATCC 22), Bundesman (ISO 9865), Tear Strength (ASTM D1424), Abrasion Resistance (ASTM D737)

Position Location: Hayward, CA

Nelumbo Background:
Nelumbo is a UC Berkeley spin-out company commercializing advanced materials to increase sustainability in the built environment. Our materials utilize geometric structures to repel ice, water and contamination on large-scale surfaces. Nelumbo is currently focused on energy efficiency in heat transfer markets, and PFA free durable water repellency in the textiles market. For more information, please visit our webpage: www.nelumbo.io

Keywords: Nelumbo, Inc, Hayward , Coating Engineer, Engineering , Hayward, California

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