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Contract Research Scientist

Country:  United States
Country/Region:  Un
City:  Westbrook
State/Province:  Maine


Career Opportunity


Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world.  We are a leading global provider of sustainable woodfiber products and solutions. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast and Classics lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labelling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.  

Position (job title):  Contract Research Scientist 

Department:  R&D 

Work Site:  SSC South Portland 


Major Job Responsibilities:


The role involves technology innovations for both product development and improvement. The incumbent will use his or her knowledge and experience to design and prototype new cellulose based environmentally sustainable products as well as to improve current products. Applicant must be an innovative, highly capable scientist/engineer, with the ability to fulfill the following accountabilities:


  • Conduct all activities with a focus on maintaining and improving a safe work environment.
  • Design and prototype cellulose based environmentally sustainable new products for specified applications.
  • Develop new technologies to improve qualities of current products and reduce their costs.
  • Keep up to date with developments in the field and identify opportunities for new technologies development.


Education and Skills Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in science or engineering.
  • Prior experience and knowledge with cellulose and paper packaging are preferred. Familiarity with polymer science and processing technologies is a plus.
  • Candidate should have demonstrated past innovative research and accomplishments.
  • Must be able to work in a cross-functional atmosphere to provide support and technical leadership for strategic projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new areas of technology so as to contribute to successful completion of projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize development work and assess feasibility.
  • Knowledge and use of statistical computer tools such as Minitab and Excel functions desired.


Salary is determined by a number of factors including the value of the job to the organization, market forces, internal equity and skills brought to the job.

HR Contact for Questions:  Bethany M Kurlanska 

Contact Information:  Bethany Kurlanska , 

Sappi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sappi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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