Material Scientist

Company Overview

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Bridgestone Americas and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries.

The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The Bridgestone Americas family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.

Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

Position Summary

The Advanced Materials Science Group (AMMS) develops material technology for advanced mobility solutions.  AMMS works both regionally and globally for the future of Bridgestone material technology by fundamentally understanding material characteristics that lead to improved tire performance.

Responsibilities

This position will be responsible for the development of advanced and new materials for product innovations and superior performance needs.   Typical duties would include:

  • Study the physical and chemical and potentially biological properties of materials and have fundamental understanding of material impact in the product design, manufacturing process and final product performance requirements.
  • Assess new technology potential through research publications, technical literature, conferences, universities, start-up companies, patents, and suppliers.
  • Create new materials that offer innovative functionality considering its application.
  • Work closely with a cross-functional teams to validate new material technology by conducting screening lab evaluations, prototype builds and elaborating test control plans.
  • Analyze test results and effectively prepare technical reports summarizing results that help build consensus amongst a wide range of partners.
  • Conduct techno-economic analysis and risk assessment for technology implementation.

Qualifications

 

Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum of 5 years of R&D experience with Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and/or Chemical Engineering, Applied Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Polymer Science and/or Engineering; or other relevant area of science. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Basic to proficient understanding in the statistical design area with the ability to analyze experimental data.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed (~10%).
  • Exceptional communication skills.

 

Qualifications Preferred:

 

PhD in Materials Science, Polymer Science, or Material Physics preferred with experience in:

  • Composite Materials development and processing.
  • Novel thermoplastic elastomers and sustainable materials.
  • Soft material technology.


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