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3M Research Specialist – Spectroscopy/Process Analytical Technology in Maplewood, Minnesota

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Research Specialist – Spectroscopy/Process Analytical Technology

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with 96,000 other curious, creative 3Mers.

“For more than 30 years at 3M, I’ve seen firsthand how it’s a place where curious, creative and collaborative people thrive and build a rewarding career. As a leader in this company, my goal is to ensure each 3Mer sees and feels the positive impact we’re making around the world” – Mike Roman, chief executive officer and chairman, 3M

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military environments to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this RoleThe Research Specialist position is within the Film & Material Science Analytical Group of 3M’s Materials and Supply Chain organization. The job includes performing at- and inline Spectroscopy-based analysis of samples taken from 3M FMS lab, pilot and manufacturing locations, in support of process analytical inline testing and control for new and legacy products. This position includes performing lab-scale process analytical measurements, analytical test method development, data analysis, and Chemometrics in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001/2015 testing laboratory accreditation.

As a Research Specialist you will perform Molecular Spectroscopy & Process Analytical (PAT) application support utilizing various measurement systems including NIR, FTIR, Raman and UV-Vis (off, at- or inline) and have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact in supporting R&D and Manufacturing efforts through analysis, method development and transfer by:

  • Preparing samples using various sample preparation techniques

  • Analyzing samples using multiple techniques within the Molecular Spectroscopy functional area

  • Using statistical data analysis methods to evaluate analytical test data

  • Utilizing Chemometric modeling to interface with production systems (Process controls and machinery)

  • Preparing detailed laboratory reports and methods, data sheets, and other documentation in accordance to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 2015 testing laboratory accreditation.

Your Skills and Expertise To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a science or engineering discipline (completed and verified prior to start) from an accredited institution

  • Five (5) years performing Molecular Spectroscopy analyses with Process Analytical or Process Controls experience in a private, public, government or military environment

  • Operation and maintenance of Agilent, Thermo & Mettler-Toledo analytical equipment

  • Thermo Omnic, qPro, Paradigm, Result or TQ Analyst software.

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Experience utilizing Chemometrics modeling

  • Ph.D degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or related discipline

  • Experience with Mettler-Toledo IC Data Center software

  • Experience with any process controls systems (Emerson DeltaV, etc)

  • Experience in test method development and validations

  • Preparation of samples and standards

  • Experience performing analyses in an ISO 9001 2015 accredited testing laboratory.

  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to coordinate multiple tasks/projects and manage priorities accordingly.

  • Experience with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

  • Effective communications with R&D chemists and plant manufacturing personnel

  • Understanding of laboratory & factory safety practices

Travel: May include up to 10% domestic/international

Relocation Assistance: May be authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Responsibilities of this position may include direct and/or indirect physical or logical access to information, systems, technologies subjected to the regulations/compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws.

U.S. Export Control laws and U.S. Government Department of Defense contracts and sub-contracts impose certain restrictions on companies and their ability to share export-controlled and other technology and services with certain "non-U.S. persons" (persons who are not U.S. citizens or nationals, lawful permanent residents of the U.S., refugees, "Temporary Residents" (granted Amnesty or Special Agricultural Worker provisions), or persons granted asylum (but excluding persons in nonimmigrant status such as H-1B, L-1, F-1, etc.) or non-U.S. citizens.

To comply with these laws, and in conjunction with the review of candidates for those positions within 3M that may present access to export controlled technical data, 3M must assess employees' U.S. person status, as well as citizenship(s).

The questions asked in this application are intended to assess this and will be used for evaluation purposes only. Failure to provide the necessary information in this regard will result in our inability to consider you further for this particular position. The decision whether or not to file or pursue an export license application is at 3M Company's sole election

Supporting Your Well-being

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope.

Resources for You

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Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M.

Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.

3M is an equal opportunity employer. 3M will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

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