Ink Chemist

This position is for an experienced Textile Ink Chemist, with focus on developing printing ink systems for digital textile solutions. The job will require designing digital ink chemistries, formulations and treatments to develop solutions for textile printing for various printing platforms. Textile ink chemistry experience (textile chemicals, coatings, dyeing and finishing and/or process development within the textile manufacturing industry) is required, with a focused on digital printing a plus.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

The ICE (Industrial, Commercial, and Enterprise) lab at HP Inc. is an exciting and dynamic organization focused on developing technology for multiple internal partners that deliver winning products to the market place. The lab is pushing many technology vectors, including thermal inkjet print-head, LEP technology, ink, writing systems & system integration, large- and small-format media, and media coatings. Most of these activities are in support of GSB (Graphics Solutions Business), which is a critical growth engine for HP Inc. These activities range from on-program to off-cycle efforts, pushing technical capabilities of printing for future product embodiments. The market areas the ICE lab supports also include a diverse and exciting portfolio, balancing core market segment (Signage and Display, Graphics/Technical Production, Indigo, Publishing) with several market growth opportunities under investigation. The broad range of technologies and markets provide staff members with diverse opportunities to work in exciting technical areas, with multiple opportunities for career development.

JOB SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position is for an experienced Textile Ink Chemist, with focus on developing printing ink systems for digital textile solutions. The job will require designing digital ink chemistries, formulations and treatments to develop solutions for textile printing for various printing platforms. Textile ink chemistry experience (textile chemicals, coatings, dyeing and finishing and/or process development within the textile manufacturing industry) is required, with a focused on digital printing a plus.

The ideal candidate is expected to bring to market innovative technologies by providing expertise and developing digital textile chemistry solutions, as well as understanding printing performance requirements, environmental, cost and business impacts of these solutions. Expectations of this job include working with other subject matter experts in engineering, ink, coatings and formulation chemistry, including technology vendors to develop novel chemistries that meet product requirements. Candidate may also work with technology licensees or vendors to implement solutions on various manufacturing assets.

Job responsibilities include

  • Understand the market requirements for textile printing and translate the marketing needs into technical deliverables
  • Create a plan with major technical deliverables and execute in accordance with that plan
  • Develop new treatment and ink technologies for HP's digital textile printing solutions market
  • Use personal creativity and innovation to provide new product solutions
  • Understand common industrial testing methodologies and their interpretation for textile materials and implement new tests as needed
  • Engage with chemical suppliers to develop appropriate materials for desired performance
  • Document, summarize and communicate results in a timely and effective manner
  • Utilize an understanding of the chemistries of both natural and synthetic fibers, surface morphology, chemical bonding and structure/property relationships to identify formulation knobs impacting image quality, durability and feel of the printed fabric
  • Align with printer partners and other development teams in generating testing protocols and materials
  • Follow standard testing protocols
  • Apply ATR (accelerated time to resolution) principles when issues arise
  • Identify and implement new processes and procedures to drive efficiencies
  • Interact effectively with team members, the leadership team, and stake holders
  • Conduct all work following HP standards of conduct and confidentiality
  • Availability to travel (20% of the time)

QUALIFICATION (Experience & Skills)

REQUIRED

The qualified candidate will have a PhD in Polymer, Organic, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Chemistry/Engineering with an emphasis in polymer, surface or textile chemistry. Requirements also include industrial experience in the textile field, proven track record in product development, strong leadership, communication skills, and experience working with suppliers.

Educational

  • PhD Chemist, Chemical Engineer, or Materials Science/Engineer with background in polymer or textile chemistry with a proven industrial track record in textile treatments, chemistries, colorants and printing

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of industrial experience
  • Experience developing digital ink solutions for textile will be considered a plus
  • Experience in an R&D setting a requirement. Experience in a manufacturing setting a plus

General requirements:

  • Strong motivation and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to achieve results from general objectives
  • Demonstrated ability in writing and communicating effectively
  • Demonstrated ability in problem solving and using scientific principles
  • Demonstrated ability to bring projects to completion in agreed upon time
  • Strong teambuilding skills and success collaborating with partners
  • Previous experience in project management and technical leadership will be valued

DESIRED

  • Experience on ink/treatments for digital textile highly desirable.
  • Experience working with colloidal systems, pigment dispersions, and dispersants, including development and manufacturing
  • Experience formulating and evaluating inks, with emphasis on inkjet inks.

OTHER COMMENTS

  • Position will be located in San Diego. Relocation benefits available.
  • Must be able to show a legal right to work in the US.

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