Position Description

Associate R&D Polymer Chemist
Job Function Research & Development
Location Irvine/Newport, CA
Work Schedule Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Glidewell Laboratories is the industry leader in dental technology due to our agility, speed, and cutting edge technology. We work in a fast-paced and highly sought-after employee-friendly work environment. Behind all of this success is an amazing group of people who are passionate about bringing innovation to the marketplace, while providing quality and affordability to better the lives of people all over the world. If you share in our passion for teamwork and a vision for excellence, let's talk about a rewarding career at Glidewell!

In addition are the following generous employee benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K with company match, company-paid life insurance, additional onsite dental services, vacation, holiday, and sick time, employee gym (with fitness classes and meditation room), employee medical/wellness center (with massage therapy and acupuncture), two company subsidized cafes, Internet cafes, employee lounges with big screen TVs, game tables, fun company sponsored events, a diverse work environment with over forty nationalities represented, and much more!

Glidewell is hiring for an Associate R&D Polymer Chemist to join our polymer group for our Research & Development department.  The Associate R&D Polymer Chemist will performing hands-on testing and evaluation of organic and polymeric materials working at polymer lab to assist in the new product development for commercialization.

Job Duties:

  • Execute polymer-based restorative products including support current product portfolio
  • Demonstrates and maintains a strong hands-on experience and knowledge of materials processing especially all aspect of biomaterials or polymer processing, material testing and characterization
  • Takes routine data retrieval and analysis and develop a standard methodology. 
  • Coach the organization to seek process variability reduction and drive to root causes of variation.
  • Facilitate problem solving teams and delegate tasks to others in the pursuit of a solution.
  • Handle multiple complex tasks and set priorities with multiple internal customers.
  • Responsible for a thorough understanding of and can practice Process Control and Discipline. 
  • Ability to distinguish when to follow SOP, and when SOP no longer applies and additional stakeholder input may be necessary.
  • Be an excellent team member or a team leader within functional area. 
  • Support teams with data- based analysis and conclusions.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel, including formulas and graphing functions.
  • Practical experience with basic statistics, design of experiments, familiarity with advanced statistical methods, and a track record of identifying sources of variation.
  • Demonstrated leadership or strong teamwork in accomplishing common goals.
  • Research and develop projects and products related to dental organic and polymeric materials.
  • Supervise all projects from development to launch in compliance with a regulated design control.
  • Write protocols for development and validation.

Job Requirements:

  • BS in chemistry, biomedical engineering, organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, photopolymerization, materials science and related engineering.
  • BS with 3 - 9 years of hands on professional work experience.
  • Hands on experience in chemistry, biomedical engineering, organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, testing and characterization strongly desirable.
  • Some prior experience in product scale up & production / manufacturing a plus (preferably in dental restorative or medical devices).
  • Knowledge in scale-up of prototype and transfer to operations a plus.
  • Past work experience working in an R&D setting strongly desirable.
  • Prior dental material experience is a plus.
  • Strong emphasis on developing new products through material technology.
  • Strong team player.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel, including formulas and graphing functions.
  • Practical experience with basic statistics.






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