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Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist - Pulping

Research Scientist/Sr. Research Scientist - Pulping

Country:  United States
City:  Westbrook
State:  Maine
Location:  Technology Center
Department:  Research & Development
Posting date:  May 23, 2024

Sappi North America
Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston with corporate offices in Portland, Maine, is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited, a global renewable resource company that uses every part of the tree to make sustainable woodfiber products. With over 12,000 employees and operations in seven countries, we serve customers worldwide. Our diversified businesses include Packaging, Speciality and Graphic Papers and Dissolving Pulp, offering premium products for various industries. From cosmetics packaging and food industry barrier papers to textiles and the clothes you wear, Sappi’s solutions are vital to the future of sustainable alternatives to plastic and other fossil fuel-based products. 

Sappi North America
Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston with corporate offices in Portland, Maine, is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited, a global renewable resource company that uses every part of the tree to make sustainable woodfiber products. With over 12,000 employees and operations in seven countries, we serve customers worldwide. Our diversified businesses include Packaging, Speciality and Graphic Papers and Dissolving Pulp, offering premium products for various industries. From cosmetics packaging and food industry barrier papers to textiles and the clothes you wear, Sappi’s solutions are vital to the future of sustainable alternatives to plastic and other fossil fuel-based products. 

The Pulping Engineer/Scientist role involves technology development as it relates to all aspects of Kraft pulp and DWP, pulp bleaching, fiber modification, best practice unit operations and best practice chemistry application. The successful candidate will work on development of new technology and products to make more environmentally friendly, better performing, and profitable products. They will also work with each business to optimize process efficiency, chemistry applications and work closely with operations to reduce variable costs.            


Accountabilities

  • Reports to the Pulping, Fiber and Basesheet Development Group Leader.

  • Responsible for all aspects of fiber selection and fiber development.

  • Responsible for optimizing Kraft and PHK systems, including variability reduction and optimum process conditions.

  • Provides support and technical leadership to strategic projects driven by the needs of the business.

  • Coordinates, executes, implements, and documents complex manufacturing trials.

  • Leads and/or participates on cross-functional teams for cost reduction and product development initiatives.

  • Works with manufacturing to develop performance specifications for pulp mill raw materials.


Requirements

  • PhD, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Pulp and Paper Science.

  • Four to eight years of experience in a manufacturing or R&D environment, preferably bleachable grade Kraft pulp and DWP.

  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment, with a proven ability to complete assignments in a timely manner with minimal direction.

  • In depth understanding of Kraft pulping and pulp bleaching (O2 Delignification, Ozone bleaching, traditional ClO2 bleaching).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of wood room and pulp manufacturing equipment, and the interaction between materials and process.

  • Demonstrated skills with regard to the commercial implementation of technology developments.

  • Knowledge and experience with wet end chemistry and paper machine wet end operations a plus.

  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.  .

The Pulping Engineer/Scientist role involves technology development as it relates to all aspects of Kraft pulp and DWP, pulp bleaching, fiber modification, best practice unit operations and best practice chemistry application. The successful candidate will work on development of new technology and products to make more environmentally friendly, better performing, and profitable products. They will also work with each business to optimize process efficiency, chemistry applications and work closely with operations to reduce variable costs.            


Accountabilities

  • Reports to the Pulping, Fiber and Basesheet Development Group Leader.

  • Responsible for all aspects of fiber selection and fiber development.

  • Responsible for optimizing Kraft and PHK systems, including variability reduction and optimum process conditions.

  • Provides support and technical leadership to strategic projects driven by the needs of the business.

  • Coordinates, executes, implements, and documents complex manufacturing trials.

  • Leads and/or participates on cross-functional teams for cost reduction and product development initiatives.

  • Works with manufacturing to develop performance specifications for pulp mill raw materials.


Requirements

  • PhD, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Pulp and Paper Science.

  • Four to eight years of experience in a manufacturing or R&D environment, preferably bleachable grade Kraft pulp and DWP.

  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment, with a proven ability to complete assignments in a timely manner with minimal direction.

  • In depth understanding of Kraft pulping and pulp bleaching (O2 Delignification, Ozone bleaching, traditional ClO2 bleaching).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of wood room and pulp manufacturing equipment, and the interaction between materials and process.

  • Demonstrated skills with regard to the commercial implementation of technology developments.

  • Knowledge and experience with wet end chemistry and paper machine wet end operations a plus.

  • Must have authorization to work in the United States.  .

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.

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.

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.

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.

ABOUT SAPPI

Sappi is a leading global provider of everyday materials made from woodfibre-based renewable resources. As a diversified, innovative and trusted leader focused on sustainable processes and products, we are building a more circular economy by making what we should, not just what we can.

HR Contact for Questions:

Name:  Bethany Kurlanska
Email:  Bethany Kurlanska
Telephone number:  207-857-1008

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