Chemist – Gilbert

The Chemist develops processes, and tests materials used to create a range of sustainable customer products including bowls, cups, and lids. The engineer will study the properties and structures of paper and pulp to create products that meet sustainability and performance requirements.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Paper Science and Engineering
  • Fundamental understanding of chemistry
  • Understanding of Fiber chemistry, slurry chemistry, basic chemistry skills.
  • 2 – 4 years of work experience in degree-related position.
  • Prior experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to follow instructions and to work in a team effectively.
  • Evaluate and provide recommendations for next steps based on the outcome of research results.
  • Provide detail written reports that include data driven points to prove/disprove the experimental findings.
  • Efficiently provide feedback on statistical data and graphs.
  • technical report writing and data analysis
  • Be able to organize large data sets while providing a clear outcome of what the significance of the data represents.
  • Know how to build and execute a DOE (Design of Experiment).
  • Strong presentation skills for internal and customer interface.
  • The ability to multitask projects.
  • Clear communication within your group and externally.
  • Ability to quickly grasp and execute duties with minimal verbal or written instruction.
  • Ability to learn new skills and drive projects independently.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Identify and evaluate next generation materials and chemistries for thermoformed articles.
  • Develop new or modify current testing procedures that help evaluate the performance of production or prototype parts.
  • Conduct tests on raw materials to understand if the product meets the quality standards and success criteria.
  • Testing may include cook testing with product specific foods, strength testing on an Instron 3365, thickness testing, Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to measure dimensions of parts, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Keyence Digital Electron Microscope, and Shelf-life testing, etc.
  • Be able to provide a shelf-life profile that will simulate real world scenarios to evaluate food product shelf-life.
  • Customer interface experience. Within each of these technology groups, the material engineer will work with the platform manager, sales, and customer in collaboration to bring a project to production.
  • Provide and execute a detailed DOE that fully evaluates the strength integrity, shelf-life of the product, or cook testing parameters.
  • Present out DOE in weekly group discussions and define a plan that aligns to the success criteria of the customer.
  • Provide weekly updates in group meetings to inform coworkers on progress and new findings within the respected technology.
  • Highlight major findings and define next steps needed to take to validate the results.
  • Take pictures and videos of findings to present out results.
  • Too narrow Prototype and production setting need to be defined and validated once product is ready to launch.

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