Sr Principal Scientist

Kalamazoo, Michigan
Jul 30, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Role Summary

This position will be responsible for leading the Trace Analysis lab within the Process and Product Technology (PPT) group at the Kalamazoo site. As a Senior Principle Scientist, you will be responsible for coordinating all in-coming requests ranging from foreign material evaluations, chemical compatibility/extraction studies to elemental analysis to support all operation units on site. This role will require candidates to work effectively in a fast-paced, customer oriented, laboratory environment to deliver high quality analytical results to support on-going investigations.


Functional/Technical Knowledge: Applies extensive technical and industry-specific and non-specific expertise and has full knowledge of the requirements of other related disciplines (technical, Regulatory, QO, Project Management, etc). Demonstrated skills in leading, planning, and developing a successful business operation. Recognized internal and external to their business unit as an expert and consultant.

Problem Solving and Innovation: Develops solutions to multi-faceted, cross-organizational, complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity, innovation, and creativity. Ability to gather, analyze and interpret, relate and compare information from multiple sources and identify cause and effect relationships. Conceives and initiates new projects within the context of unit and operational goals. Able to adapt and respond positively to a variety of situations and people in order to meet changing work unit priorities.

Discretion, Latitude, Level of Independence: Work is performed without formal direction while keeping Management informed of goals and progress. Objectives and work assignments are individually determined and self-started. Exercises significant latitude in determining objectives of assignment and suggests extensions or new projects both within and outside of the immediate unit, often driving the dialogue and owning the implementation.

Impact and Organizational Contribution: Decisions impact the achievement of objectives and the reputation of the department, and actions help to set the reputation of the department. Recommends, evaluates and applies new technologies. Develops information which extends knowledge in a given field. Progresses multiple projects of increasing technical complexity in parallel and in a timely fashion, achieving results through others. Workload will increase via volume and/or technical complexity of assignments and delivery to commitments. Monitors and manages the efforts of colleagues to achieve delivery of short-term to mid-term goals. Leads and motivates others, generating commitment and a shared sense of purpose. Enables others to contribute their best. Acts as technical mentor who engages talent to meet objectives.

Teamwork/Influence: Can serve as organizational spokesperson for projects. Acts as an advisor to management, offering recommendations and assessments, and often owning drive for decisions and implementation. Interacts regularly and effectively with senior internal and external personnel, making appropriate recommendations and understanding the impact to the organization. Conducts briefings and technical meetings for internal and external representatives. Actively involved in daily operations. Frequently accomplish results through subordinate colleagues. Experienced in colleague relation issues and in teaming.


BS/BA in related field and 14+ years related experience; MS/MA in related field and 12+ years related experience; or PhD in related field and 9+ years related experience.


Previous experience in identification of foreign material using various techniques like FTIR and Microscopy.

Extensive experience with elemental impurity analysis using ICP-MS or SEM-EDS.


The position involves working in a laboratory/production environment, which may include standing for long periods of time and working with chemicals.

The position requires the ability to perform mathematical calculations including complex data analysis.


The position may require colleagues to work off-hours, weekends and/or holidays to meet business or customer needs.

The position may involve some travel to support other sites.


  • Last Date to Apply: August 13, 2021
  • Eligible for Relocation Package

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