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Research & Development Engineer

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop new products as defined by management utilizing technology road maps, functional plans and other resources
  • Deliver on project objectives in the initiation, design, development, and optimization of Nonwoven Fabrics/Laminates after receiving functional guidance
  • Plan, conduct, co-ordinate and supervise lab and pilot studies with minimal supervision. Leads product scale up and line trials and writes trial reports
  • Develop and build laboratory capabilities for applications development
  • Research all available raw materials (fibers and finishes) which could lead to improved products and profitability
  • Market analysis, cost comparisons/evaluations, competitor product and process assessment
  • Develop and maintain an expert level knowledge of spunlace and other related nonwoven technologies and high performance nonwovens and wipes supply chain.
  • Ensure protection of technologies, processes, materials, and products through appropriate use of patents and trade secrets.
  • Set priorities and keep momentum going on a mix of projects portfolio including the New products, raw materials, cost-out programs, technology platforms, process engineering development and project timelines. Respond quickly to shifting priorities without losing sight of longer-range strategic projects and goals. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment and on multiple projects simultaneously; good prioritization and decision-making skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Challenge assumptions and think innovatively to solve complex problems creatively
  • Willingness to periodically work weekends or be on-call for global interactions in multiple time zones or to support accelerated timelines.
  • Travel to customer/supplier/outside lab/research facilities to run trials/troubleshoot problems and/or participate in conferences and tradeshows


  • BS/MS/PhD in Textile (nonwovens), Pulp & Paper, Fiber Science or related, Polymer, Material Science or Chemical Engineering
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of industrial experience in a Research or Product & Process development environment
  • Experience or knowledge of lamination, embossing, calendaring and other converting process is desirable
  • Experience with Stage-Gate Process, Statistical Data Analysis and Design of Experiment.
  • Strong proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point, Access, SharePoint, SAP, etc.

Key Competencies

  • Advanced fiber/materials/polymer science knowledge is highly desirable.
  • Expertise in products and materials associated with Surgical and Infection Prevention including Surgical Gowns, Drapes, Facial Protection, Nonwoven barrier materials, wipes and high performance materials
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills and good business acumen.
  • Strategic thinking: understand, support and extend long term view of JH technology innovation
  • Strong project management skills and familiarity with Stage-Gate or Tollgate project management process
  • Ability to work as a part of a team and/or to lead projects independently in achieving set target within budget and time.
  • Strong customer facing communication skills in technical and business settings.
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French, or German a plus.

If you are interested in this role, please apply on Glatfelter’s website to be considered.  Please do not reach out to executives or individuals directly.  Thank you.”

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Research & Development Engineer (Full Time)

  • Old Hickory Site - Old Hickory, TN, USA
  • Research & Development

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