Research Scientist

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  • Job Type:Full time
  • Category:Information Technology
  • Business Group:Laminex AU
  • Location:Gympie
  • Job Reference:LAM/23780
  • Closing Date:23 Jan 2022


About Laminex Australia:

We’ve been a part of the iconic Australian design landscape for over 85 years. Only a few short years after Australian’s fell in love with Vegemite, families were spreading their toast in kitchens and on tables made by us. We’ve come a long way. 

Today, you’ll see Laminex on surfaces everywhere you look - be it hospitals, shopping centres, restaurants or your home. We manufacture and procure a broad range of products for commercial and residential use such as laminate, engineered stone and veneers so that all Australians can live in beautiful, practical spaces. 

About the Role:

Laminex will enter 2022 in an exciting period of growth and development, for our product range and our people! With a focus on our Research and Development team, a new opportunity has presented itself in the way of a Research  Scientist. 

Reporting to the Technical Manager: Raw Materials & Durability, our successful candidate will be responsible for conducting applied research to develop new products to enable Laminex’s innovation leadership strategy through sustainable and profitable growth. 
In this hands-on role, you will be working in the laboratory to design formulations using a unique blend of inorganic and polymeric raw materials, produce and test samples for performance and durability according to industry standards. 

This role will see you with varying responsibilities where you will need to think creatively as well as apply critical thinking and analysis. 

Requirements of this role include the following:
  • Identify and follow through on research opportunities for advancing product solutions to align with Laminex’s decorative surfaces vision 
  • Efficient literature review /forums as source of knowledge including IP & scientific research search engine optimization
  • Design lab prototyping, pilot trials, product testing matrix, lead formulation developments in collaboration with teams
  • Design of experiments and analysis of results using statistical packages such as Minitab
  • Be involved in leading and driving selected research projects as subject matter expert and ensure projects are kept on time and documentation integrity is maintained
  • Perform tests on product prototypes as required by nominated standards such as AS/NZS, ISO, JIS etc
  • Actively participate in discussions and review of existing and future Research projects
  • Ensure regular update of Smartsheet to aid in efficient planning and tracking of projects
  • Actively demonstrates safe work processes, and behaviours and ensure these are followed by all employees and contractors in their place of work
  • Carves the time out to focus on wellbeing to drive high performance
  • Takes the initiative to grow and develop skills and knowledge in the flow of everyday work
  • Providing reporting and analysis – be able to communicate these finding to various stakeholders 
About You:

This is a unique and exciting position as it allows you to be truly creative, push boundaries and be innovative. This requires someone who is hands on, collaborative, who sees things through, has an open mind and can prioritize work delivering project outcomes under tight project deadlines. The ideal candidate will possess the following skills/ experience:
  • At least 7 years industry experience with more than 3 years’ experience in a similar function and role 
  • Master’s degree in Material Science  
  • Advanced understanding of compounding with reactive inorganic and polymeric systems in building products  
  • Skilled and experience within statistical data analysis and extrapolating data to develop theories which aim to explain these phenomena
  • Ability to understand interaction of complex variables and synthesize information to create meaningful reports and recommendations
  • Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in a team-based environment 
  • Strong and adaptable communication style – can affectively convey detail to a variety of stakeholders
As a member of our tight knit Cheltenham community you will be a team player who is ready to accept the challenges of a position like this. In turn you will be supported by a magnificent senior leadership team with the backing of our excellent brand and it’s career development opportunities.

If you are ready to take the next step in your career and be a part of our team. Apply today!