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R&D Process Manager


Acigné, FR

Business Unit:  Electro-Optic Materials

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Electro Optic Materials

Power in space. Vision at night. Coatings thinner than human hair. 3D sensing. Umicore is a world leader in material solutions for the space, optics and electronics sectors – enabling every day cutting-edge technologies. We guarantee our customers secure access to supply, plus recycling technologies that give materials a new lease of life. To enable technological applications with even higher performance, and provide recycling to new markets, we cannot stand still. We need build long-term commercial relationships with key players in the field. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

Umicore has grown a leadership position in IR optics thanks to its unique materials and processes. The R&D Process Manager is responsible for the continuous development of breakthrough materials and processes to maintain Umicore in its leadership position. He will be also a key element to support glass manufacturing activities to maintain operational excellence.

Your detailed responsibilities:

  • Development of advanced and innovative methods of synthesis of glass supporting new applications and high volume requirements. Evaluate relevance of costs of manufacturing routes, identify risks and roadblocks, validate key concepts, until the implementation of processes on the field.
  • Development of new chalcogenide glasses composition tuned for specific infrared applications. Responsibilities from the qualification of raw materials through final optical and mechanical qualifications of Glass obtained.
  • Improve and monitor processes related to molding of GASIR glasses in order to optimize the use of raw materials.
  • Lead the specification improvement of our classic portfolio molded lenses supporting the industry transition towards new generation of detectors.
  • Backup of Industrialization Manager for development and qualification of new molded products as well as back up to the glass production team.
  • Pay specific attention while designing new processes and products to be fully compliant towards Umicore’s safety and environmental rules.

Who we are looking for

An enthusiastic colleague with:

  • PhD in Material science, Physics or Chemistry.
  • Solid experience in non-oxide glasses manufacturing (preferably chalcogenides).
  • At least 5 years of experience in the industry on R&D or process development.
  • Experience in glass molding is a plus.
  • Safety oriented : leading by example.
  • Proficient English level.
  • Project management skills.
  • Analytical and autonomous.

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

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