Apex Systems Thermoplastic Lab Scientist in Earth City, Missouri

Thermoplastic Lab Scientist in Earth City, MO at APEX Systems

Date Posted: 1/22/2019

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Earth City, MO

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Up to 5 year(s)

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Job Description Job #: 932984 Position Description

TITLE: Technical Service Scientist – Thermoplastic Enduse

DEPARTMENT: Competence Center Transportation


LOCATION: Earth City, MO



This person performs independent functions to provide all necessary services to the Thermoplastic Enduse area of the Plastics Laboratory.


  • Organize and perform thermoplastic technical service experiments and projects in Transportation end use areas as directed by the Laboratory Manager, Enduse Manager, Marketing Manager.

  • Interface with laboratory technologist(s) on evaluations, processing, problem solving.

  • Technical presentations to staff members as well as distributors.

  • Must be willing to travel no more than twelve times per year to customer locations (one or two day trips) and present PowerPoint presentations to customers.

  • Must be willing to travel to Wesel, Germany for two-to-three week training. Must also be willing to travel to one sales meeting per year (three to four days).

  • Assist and attend seminars, shows, technical conferences and industry associations as required by Lab Manager, Market Manager, and/or Enduse Manager (approximately 3-6 days per year).

  • Occasionally work on-site at customer's lab as required by Laboratory Manager, Market Manager, Enduse Manager.

  • Assist Laboratory Manager in preparation of laboratory projects and related work activities.

  • Interface with laboratory staff in Wesel, Germany on processes, problem solving, and new products.

  • Draft reports of technical service experiments performed.

  • Order and maintain stock of needed raw Material.

  • Prepare demonstration material for use by our sales staff as directed by Laboratory Manager and/or Market Manager for Thermoplastic.

  • Reply to customer technical inquiries received by telephone.

  • Evaluation of competitive additive products as agreed upon by Laboratory Manager.

  • Handle hazardous waste according to procedure.

  • Follow emergency response procedures.



  • Knowledge relating to additives used in thermoplastic applications.

  • Understanding the formulation ingredients and the processing of thermoplastics compounds of resins such as polyolefin, polyamide, elastomer, and engineering resins.

  • Knowledge and experience in the operation of laboratory equipment applicable to the thermoplastic compounding process. Therefore, injection molding, extrusion, internal mixer, two roll milling, and compression experience is a prerequisite.

  • Knowledge and experience in evaluation of thermoplastic composites. Therefore, mechanical, HDT, impact tester, and rheometer experience is a prerequisite.

  • Additional knowledge of thermoset composite resins (e.g. epoxy, vinyl ester, unsaturated polyester) and thermoplastic PVC applications is a definite plus to long-term professional growth within the company.

  • Understanding the safety considerations with concern to the processing equipment and labeling procedures of chemicals in the laboratory.

  • Basic knowledge of physical and health hazards associated with some of the formulation components (e.g. pigments, powdered materials, etc.)

  • Knowledge of computer programs necessary for generating reports and presentations (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)


  • Problem solving skills on a mechanical and materials level is critical.

  • Ability to speak and understand the “language” used in the thermoplastic market (including processing equipment) increasing communication to understand the customer’s needs and capitalize on opportunities.

  • Ability to develop presentations and present them in a professional and interesting way at sales meetings or in front of customers.

  • Common sense awareness of safety and quality in the lab and in the company.

  • Customer service skills for both written (literature) and telecommunication to relate and serve the customer.


  • Must be team oriented and be able to interface positively and supportively with other members of the laboratory staff.

  • Eager to bring a technical service experiment or project to completion.

  • Flexibility and Multitasking – Must able to manage multiple projects at one time, while setting priorities.

  • Maintains good technical contact with Lab Manager, Market Manager, Sales Staff, Distributors, and Customers.

  • Must be a self-starter and initiate experiments and projects with a minimum of supervision.

    EDUCATIONS and/or EXPERIENCES: •Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree preferred in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Plastics Engineering, or related field and preferably 3 to 5 years of practical experience in a lab or production setting.

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