UR - Sr. Research Engineer (Woodbury, MN)
Woodbury , Minnesota
January 10, 2017
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Job Description:

3M is seeking a Sr. Research Engineer for the Corporate Research Process Laboratory (CRPL), located in Woodbury, Minnesota. At 3M, you can apply your talent in bold ways that matter. Here, you go.

Job Summary: The primary focus of this position is the development sensors for online measurement or inspection of 3M products during the manufacturing process. As part of a multi-disciplinary team in corporate research, you will design, develop, and document solutions that enable new manufacturing capabilities or methodologies for a wide variety of 3M processes and product development applications.

Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Developing new non-contact sensors and methodologies to inspect 3M films, webs and products for feedback to manufacturing processes. This may include new technologies as well as adapting commercial instrumentation to enable unique uses and applications of sensors and imaging systems.
  • Carrying projects forward from design and proof-of-concept through scale-up and deployment to manufacturing sites.
  • Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to create/improve capabilities and applications by providing expertise in applied physics, optics, and analytical methods.
  • Documenting and communicating results and recommendations to peer researchers and management.
  • Maintaining awareness with and contacts in 3M's various business groups in order to understand common needs and develop practical measurements solutions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Currently possess or in final year of Ph.D. in a science or engineering discipline from an accredited university
  • Current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Currently possess or in final year of Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or relevant area of study from an accredited university
  • Strong understanding of basic principles of optics including but not limited to imaging systems, interference, polarization, and spectroscopy, with working experience in at least some of these areas
  • Knowledge of other sensing modalities such as ultrasound, dielectrometry, photoacoustics, or thermal imaging
  • Strong experimental skills to set up and align light sources, optics, and detector systems
  • Experience with one or more programing languages such as Labview, C++, MatLab, Python, etc. as well as MS Office applications
  • Strong analytical skills, with knowledge of curve fitting, matrix processing, and transfer functions
  • Direct experience with image acquisition and image processing
  • Strong scientific and technical acumen, with demonstrated interest and ability to make connections between science/technology and real-world concerns
  • Self-motivated and self-directed, with ability to recognize and scout new opportunities, scope requirements, and execute R&D projects
  • Strong leadership, networking, and problem solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota
Travel: May include up to 10% domestic/international
Relocation: Is authorized

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