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Director, Process Engineering at nanosys
Milpitas, CA, US

Nanosys is the worlds’ leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art Quantum Dot technology to the TV and display industry.  We are headquartered in Milpitas, California, in a 60,000 square foot nano-materials manufacturing and R&D facility. Our proprietary Quantum Dot Enhanced Film (QDEF®) technology, a key component of the Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV revolution, is enabling a new generation of displays using Quantum Dots to deliver vivid color, lifelike brightness and incredible power efficiency at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies.  As of 2019, industry leading consumer electronics brands such as Samsung, TCL, Hisense and Vizio have shipped over 10 million award-winning devices from tablets to TVs based on Nanosys’ proprietary technology.

We are constantly developing new products and new markets both domestically and overseas (primarily in Korea, China and Japan) and as we continue to expand the scale of our manufacturing, we are seeking an experienced Process Engineer to lead the scale-up of new nanocrystal manufacturing processes and support the existing manufacturing operation where product shipments are growing rapidly year over year. This position reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer and is considered pivotal for the continued growth and success of our quantum dot technology for existing and next generation displays.

The Director Process Engineering will report to the Chief Operating Officer and lead an engineering group working closely with R&D and Process Chemistry to scale up new solution-based nanocrystal manufacturing processes at both our current Milpitas Headquarters and at sites of strategic partners in Asia. This group also works closely with the Manufacturing Group supporting maintenance and improvements of existing manufacturing capabilities to meet our increasing product demand.  The successful candidate will have an accomplished record in scale-up of chemical manufacturing processes and demonstrated leadership in motivating cross functional teams to meet timelines and budgets with an extreme focus on the safety of processes and operations.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • The candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering and 10+ years in a chemical manufacturing or process development environment with responsibility for process chemistry and/or engineering
  • Extensive experience in design and selection of equipment supporting chemical manufacturing, including hot oil systems, alloy and glass lined chemical reactors, pumps, vacuum systems, process piping, heat exchange systems, wet scrubbing systems, process chillers and solvent removal systems
  • Extensive knowledge of chemical synthesis, batch process scale up, heat and mass transfer, process improvements & optimization.  Experience with process automation, and process and data acquisition software is desired.
  • Must have strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build and lead teams

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to design creative solutions to unique scale up problems resulting from process requirements for new product introductions
  • Ability to work within Nanosys to implement engineering projects to increase capacity or introduce new products to manufacturing
  • Ability to work with outside organizations (including contractors and business partners) to manage engineering projects, including the design, costing and construction of manufacturing facilities
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems with process equipment in our existing manufacturing facility
  • Knowledge of methods for testing and selection of appropriate materials of construction
  • Knowledge of requirements for electrical classification of equipment for use with hazardous materials
  • Knowledge of requirements for safe handling and containment of hazardous materials

Limited re-location assistance:
Nanosys is based in Milpitas, CA, in the southern part of ‘Silicon Valley’ and we will offer some financial assistance to help relocate a suitably qualified candidate who is interested in moving to the San Francisco bay area.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Physical Demands include:  walking, standing, sitting, use of hands or fingers to handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear, lift up to 40 pounds, close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distant vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).  Must be capable of climbing step stool to reach items at heights above 7 feet.  Must be able to physically stand for up to one hour.  Must be able to safely wear necessary personal protective equipment in designated areas i.e. lab coat, safety glasses.  Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms. 

Work is mainly performed in a laboratory environment.  The noise level in the environment is usually moderate.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work with hazardous chemicals.

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