Materials and Process Engineer/Scientist
About Impossible Objects
We are a high-tech startup creating the future of the 3D printing of advanced composite materials. Our technology has been proven to print very strong composite materials at speeds 5-10x faster than existing technologies. This breakthrough enables 3D printing to break into mainstream manufacturing. Join our team - a diverse group of individuals who have an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for challenging the status quo - and help to create the future of the 3D printing of composites.
When you join Impossible Objects you will work closely with our Chief Materials Scientist to both optimize and improve our existing material sets performance and cost and to create entirely new composite material sets that work with our printing process. This position requires a high degree of creativity and self-initiative to develop both technical strategies and work plans. High composite part performance requires the joint optimization of both our printing process and materials so you will also work on improving and refining our printing process. Our work is both internally funded as well as funded through external research contracts. Over time, based upon your technical proficiency, you will have the opportunity to propose new projects and submit external funding proposals as well as internally funded projects. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of the processing of polymers/polymer composites and the mechanics of composite materials and experience working on funded research projects in either academic or industrial environments. The candidate is likely to have a Bachelors or Masters degree and either some industrial or academic research experience.
- Carry out research tasks on Impossible Objects’ existing Composite Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) equipment
- Design and execute experiments as part of ongoing research projects
- Develop ideas for, and assist in writing new research proposals
- Present results to internal and external research customers, in written and oral reports
- Advise on improvements and modification of CBAM equipment and process
- Identify new potential new materials for the CBAM process
- Provide technical advice to IO application engineers to meet customer requirements
- Work with IO team members to troubleshoot process and materials issues
- Co-ordinate with external consultants and affiliates
Bachelor’s degree or higher in mechanical engineering or a related field with focus on polymer composites or a closely related discipline.Experience in one or more of the following fields would be advantageous:
- microscopy (optical and SEM)
- mechanical testing (application of ASTM and other standards, and development of test methods)
- thermal and thermomechanical methods associated with polymers and composites (DSC, DMTA, Rheometry etc)
- finite element analysis (including laminates)
- qualification of composite materials
- metrology (including use of CMM equipment)
The candidate should also have strong communications skills.
Impossible Objects embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.