Research Scientist

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  • Job Type:Full time
  • Category:Information Technology
  • Business Group:Laminex AU
  • Location:Cheltenham
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  • Closing Date:02 Dec 2022


Our Australian Made Story

You know you’ve found the right place when you feel like you belong. Where you mix with people with shared values and drive. Whose energy sparks your own, and where you feel like you’re part of something great. 

That’s what you’ll find at Laminex. We’ve been Australia’s leading manufacturer of decorative surfaces for over 85 years. From humble beginnings in a tin shed in Melbourne, we now service all of Australia with manufacturing, distribution and sales hubs around the country – and we’re continuing to grow.

But who are we? We’re a team of high performers. We believe in camaraderie and creativity. In continuous learning, and embracing change. In balancing work with wellbeing. And achieving personal goals just as much as professional goals.

You may not find ping pong tables or poker here… but we know you’ll find somewhere you belong.

Ready to take the next step in your career?… read on. You could find your future at Laminex.

Where your story begins

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 Research Manager, 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
  • Strong knowledge of Organic Chemistry and understanding of mechanisms of polymerisation
  • Ability to characterise & analyse chemicals using a variety of spectrographic methods to make recommendations
  • 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
  • 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 

The role you’ll play

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:
  • Be a recent Masters graduate with no or less than 2 years industry experience 
  • Master’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience with establishing laboratory processes and equipment
  • Ability to understand interaction of complex variables and synthesize information to create meaningful reports and recommendations
  • Must be able to carry out physical or manual handling tasks
  • 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

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