BASIC PURPOSE OF THE POSITION & RESPONSIBILITIES
This co-op position includes responsibility for carrying out analyses on various samples for research and customer driven projects in both the Polymer Additives and Mining business lines. Depending upon the business need, the position will focus on analytical techniques either in Separations or Elemental analysis.
Separations based analyses: The co-op will work with experienced separation group members to execute identification and/or quantitation of molecules in complex mixtures. Examples include quantitation of additive mixtures in polyolefins, as well as identification of the major reaction products versus the impurities during the synthesis process. The co-op will learn and then perform analyses using liquid and gas chromatography (LC and GC) with a variety of detectors including UV-Vis, CAD and Mass Spectrometry.
Elemental Analysis based analyses: The co-op will work with experienced elemental analyses group members utilizing both Inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) to support the business and research needs of both the polymer additive and mining research groups. This position requires the co-op to provide a high throughput of sample preparation and spectral measurements and analyses daily. While methods will be developed by a Senior Scientist, the position requires a basic understanding of ICP-OES and XRF in order to interpret results and suggest method improvements. The role also requires familiarity with all of the sample preparation methods including acid digestion for ICP and glass bead preparation for XRF.
The co-op will write well-documented reports and communicate clearly with project teams and scientists. The role will require extensive interactions with research and development, process development, plants, technical services and other members of the analytical department.
● Understand and follow key Solvay safety policies and procedures for the site, including but not limited to the following:
o Emergency Response / Evacuation Guidelines
o Visitor Safety Policy
o Housekeeping – 5S organization of laboratories
● Demonstrate a commitment to safety
● Attend monthly safety training
● Know the location of first aid and emergency response equipment, chemicals, and chemical documentation.
● Obtain equipment or process specific safety training as necessary according to the specific hazards
EDUCATION, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
· A current BS student in Analytical Chemistry or related discipline (Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering or Forensic Science, etc).
· Prior experience in analytical techniques is preferred: liquid chromatography (LC), ultra-high pressure LC (UPLC), gas chromatography (GC), LC/GC combined with high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS), ICP, XRF.
· The abilities to work well in technical workgroups, write well-documented reports, and communicate clearly are required.
· We expect that the successful candidate will thrive in a dynamic team environment.
· This position requires a high level of creativity, analytical skills, and independent work.
● Long periods standing while working in the laboratory