R&D Engineering Technician
Job Type


Role Overview

The R&D Engineering Technician is an integral part of all of the ways the Agilyx Research Center (R&D Team) supports the success of the business. This role will include time in both the lab with materials, process, procedure and engineering and documentation.

· The testing of various polymer-based feedstocks

· Pilot-scale experiments to determine de-polymerization routes and effectiveness

· Chemical reactions of hydrocarbons in the gas and liquid phase

· Bench-scale experiments on organic chemicals and oils

· Support of Regenyx production facility in Tigard, OR

· Feasibility and other project-based work

· Expanding Agilyx’s intellectual property portfolio and platform opportunities

Critical Conditions for Success

1. Find solutions to complex technical problems through hands-on work

2. Inspect equipment and oversee repairs and technical improvements

3. Ensure proper maintenance of equipment (manage/inventory critical spares, maintenance logs, bill of materials, etc.)

4. Set up and run pilot-scale tests – e.g. assembly of flanged equipment, leak-checking, furnace operation, sampling (oils and mixed hydrocarbons), and data entry.

5. Implement solutions including: diagnosing abnormal operating conditions, troubleshooting, and resolving process issues per Management of Change process



· Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry)


· At least 1-2 years of experience with general lab experimental/scientific methods and procedures; pilot plant experience preferred

· Experience in organic chemistry, petrochemicals, oils and/or polymer/plastics chemistry.

· Ability to design lab and pilot-based experiments based on functional requirements

· Comfortable with PC-based software tools, such as the MS-Office® suite

· Experience in laboratory analytical testing e.g. TGA/DSC, FTIR, XRF, ICP-MS, GC-MS is advantageous. 

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience with Swagelok plumbing

· Ability to train as a qualified electrical worker

· Ability to train as forklift driver

· Experience operating automated equipment and bench or larger scale reactors

Personal Characteristics

· Strong mechanical aptitude

· Highly organized with attention to detail and cleanliness

· Dedicated to maintaining and promoting a safe work environment

· Excellent business acumen, commitment to teamwork, and results driven

· Superior interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

· Self-confident, proactive, and strong problem-solving skills

· Impeccable personal and professional ethics

Position Mechanics

Reports to: Director of R&D

Type: Salaried; full time with benefits

Work Hours: Generally, 8:00am - 5:00pm; there could be evening and weekend work

Staff: None. 

Location: Tigard, OR 

Work environment: professional office, manufacturing, and research lab

Travel: Up to 10%

Physical Demands: Varied between work performed in an office environment to that of equipment operators. Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time, move/lift 55 lbs, be able to work while wearing a full-face respirator, and comfortable handling cryogenic materials

NOTE: This position profile is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization

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