United States, Bridgewater, NJ, Adhesive Technologies

Principal Scientist-Microscopy

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  • The Principal Scientist is a Key position in Henkel's North America Analytical Solution Group, located at Bridgewater, NJ in which you will work in the Microscopy lab for morphological characterization of materials such as polymers to tackle challenging customer issues; conduct major root cause analyses leading to comprehensive solutions for Henkel Adhesive businesses to gain or secure the accounts as well as providing support to product development.
  • Be the technical lead and perform sample preparation and analyses for polymer and materials characterization. Conduct analyses of industrial adhesive and functional products using a broad range of microscopy instrumentation such as Optical, CLSM, EDS, SEM, TEM, and AFM.
  • Sample preparation techniques and testing such as microtoming, cryo microtoming and ion milling.
  • Work with technical teams, propose analytical solutions, design, and carry out experimental plans and procedures using modern analytical tools.
  • Analyze and summarize experimental results independently and communicate with the business partners to ensure on-time delivery of the results and provide proper solutions.
  • Follow lab quality control and quality assurance practice; maintain high quality data in a fast-paced environment, prepare clear analytical reports, method SOPs, and instrument calibration, maintenance and trouble shooting.


  • Ph.D in the field of Analytical, Polymer Science, or Chemical Engineering or M.S. with extensive experience in polymer surface and morphologic characterization is required. 
  • 5+ years hands-on experience i microscopy (Optical Microscopy, SEM, TEM, AFM and CLSM) is required.
  • 3+ years of related industry work experience is required. 
  • Strong polymer science background is required. 
  • Experience with techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) a plus.
  • Familiarity with image processing software is desirable.
  • Capable of interpretation of complicated analytical results on complex sample matrices. 
  • Effective written and oral communication as well as excellent interpersonal skills needed.

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JOB ID: 23045579
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: 1-866-836-7067
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