Sr. Scientist Materials Science - Coatings

Thomas Brooke International - Anoka, MN, United States

The Opportunity

  • Brand-new global Advanced Technology Center currently being established
  • Help lead development of new coating materials, coating processes and equipment for the ophthalmic industry. Coatings include wet chemical and physical vapor deposition methods and materials.
  • Hands-on role, with technical project leadership; lots of opportunity for growth with potential for team leadership


Specific activities and responsibilities

  • Lead efforts in implementing new wet chemical coating processes and/or materials for improved lens performance and/or functionality. Typical coatings include organic siloxane and sol-gel based chemistries.
  • Lead efforts in developing new physical vapor deposition processes and coatings structures. Particular emphasis on optical modeling and design of coatings.
  • Work in lab as an individual contributor conducting experiments and/or as member of team of scientists, engineers and technicians.
  • Support overseas production facilities in implementation of new processes.
  • Assemble updates for technical review by peers and management.
  • Contribute to preparation of project level updates to management, in partnership with project management team.
  • Review current literature and patents to determine new possible paths of exploration.
  • Collaborate with international team of researchers, project managers, and category management as part of new product development process.




  • M.S. or PhD in technical or engineering field - preference = Materials Science or Applied Physics background or relevant work experience in areas of optics, coatings, and polymer physics.
  • 5+ years of work experience – must include meaningful industrial experience not purely academic
  • Demonstrated experience in coatings including wet coating processes (dip coating, spray, slot die) and/or physical vapor deposition (electron beam evaporation, sputtering).
  • Excellent working knowledge of a wide range of materials characterization tools such as SEM, DMA, DSC, Raman Spectroscopy, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, and other advanced techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of development projects/programs
  • Experience in new product development (stage gate process preferred)
  • Experience in transitioning of product from development into production and ongoing support.
  • Ability to travel up to 15% (national and international)
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills are critical
  • Experience with Minitab



  • Experience in measurement and interpretation of basic rheological data for coating fluids
  • Experience in fabrication processes such as photo and imprint lithography
  • Ability to communicate in Japanese
  • Experience in DOE methodology for process optimization.
  • Experience in modeling of optical thin films preferred.
  • Experience in analytical modeling, for example mechanical and/or thermal properties, fluid mechanics in relation to coating processes.
Matlab experience preferred

Posted On: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Compensation: $110-120,000

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