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DuPont Adhesives and Sealants R&D Lab Technician in Auburn Hills, Michigan

DuPont’s Auburn Hills site has an exciting opportunity for an Adhesives and Sealants R&D Lab Technician. This role supports new product development, existing product maintenance and requires working in close cooperation with chemists, technicians, customers and suppliers. The incumbent will actively participate in the development, testing, qualification and scale-up of adhesive formulations.

About DuPont Mobility & Materials: We transform industries and improve lives through material science, delivering cutting-edge solutions and future technologies. Our high-performance engineering polymers, resins, adhesives, specialty pastes & films enable material systems solutions for the most demanding applications and environments in automotive, electronics, industrial, consumer, medical, photovoltaic, and telecom industries.

Key role and responsibilities

  • Co-develop new products according to customer needs, specifications and business strategy

  • Responsible for making adhesives batches, conducting lab tests on paste and cured elastomers or structural adhesives, organizing and preparing substrates, data collection and documentation

  • Work in teams for successful scale-up of products, according to existing procedure and process capabilities

  • Collaborate with others to learn best lab practices, become competent to complete lab responsibilities and work independently, safely and efficiently

  • Ensures product quality and performance standards meet customer needs by staying abreast of customer test methods and specifications

  • Understands environmental, health and safety practices and work proactively to improve the level of safety in R&D, must be a positive example for others

  • Evaluate new materials or components

  • Maintain lab equipment as ERP (equipment responsible person)

  • Conduct experiments with high quality, analyze data and understand results

  • Capable to learn and operate some analytical instruments

Essential Functions

  • Preparing prepolymer and adhesives batches

Daily lifting and moving of pails up to 40 pounds

Weighing raw materials and charging them into mixers

Scraping mixer bowls, removing adhesives and cleaning mixers

Transfer and package samples into containers, condition environments

  • Characterizing / testing adhesives

Completing liquid property testing (viscosity, rheology, sag panels)

Applying adhesives to substrates using manual or auto caulking guns

Test lap shear, quick knife, dispense force and other mechanical properties

  • Lab preparation

Inventory, order, organize and distribute materials regularly

Keep lab benches clean, dispose materials and replenish supplies from storage area

Equipment responsibility: daily calibration or verification and recording

  • Project preparation and documentation

Use Electronic Lab Notebook to document plans, work and data daily

Conduct and document health and safety audits


  • High school diploma/GED is required, Bachelor of Science is preferred.

  • Previous working laboratory experience in an industrial or R&D environment is required

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and passion for working safely and efficiently

  • Self-motivated, able to work in a fast-paced environment, eager to learn new skills, and has practiced ability to effectively prioritize, organize, and plan responsibilities

  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills, enjoys working with a diverse team of people

  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Products - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Outlook, Microsoft Teams Meetings

  • Comfortable entering data and doing basic analysis in Excel (Sum, Average, Standard Deviation) with ability to identify when data is abnormal

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and written

  • Able to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds

  • Knowledge or working experience with polymers is preferred, but not required

A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States; Visa sponsorship/support or relocation assistance are not available for this position.

** Please include (paste or attach) an updated resume detailing your experiences and qualifications with your application for consideration.

At DuPont, you will find sustainability in our vision, our business and your future. If you want to work on the leading edge of your field and have a desire to make a difference, join DuPont.

DuPont is an equal opportunity employer.

DuPont is an E-Verify employer.

Successful candidate will need to be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation. Candidates must also pass job related assessments, drug test, background check, physical fitness and medical evaluation.

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DuPont is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit our Accessibility Page for Contact Information (http://www.dupont.com/global-links/accessibility.html) .

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For our U.S. Affirmative Action Policy, click here (https://www.dupont.com/content/dam/dupont/amer/us/en/corporate/microsites/now/news-articles/EEO%20Policy%20Final%20Version%20Oct%202020.pdf) .