Vacancies Materials R&D Engineer (Novel Materials and Special Projects)
Surface Solutions – Metco Aero & Energy | Westbury

Materials R&D Engineer (Novel Materials and Special Projects)


Position Summary: (Briefly describe the overall purpose of this position. Why does it exist and how does it contribute to the organization overall.)


The position falls within the Special Projects Competence Team of the Materials R&D Group. The Competence Team works across the Materials R&D Group and is responsible for identifying and evaluating new materials and processing technologies that can give Oerlikon Metco a competitive advantage in the development of future thermal spray coating consumables. It develops research strategies to ensure that Oerlikon Metco builds a good understanding of selected key material classes and new technologies. It maintains a Technology Watch to identify emerging topics. The resultant technology studies and materials research projects are usually coordinated by the competence team, but often involve colleagues from across the Materials R&D Group and/or external collaborators such as key customers, universities, or research institutes. In addition to the above, the SP Competence Team also manages short-term projects aimed at developing new powder materials for thermal spray, cold spray and powder metallurgy (PM) processes .




Principal Duties & Responsibilities: (Describe the primary duties and/or responsibilities to be performed.)


Independently conduct the following activities:

  • Undertake and/or support Research Projects and specific Thermal Spray Powder/Wire Product Developments as required. Topics covered could typically include developing new powders for PM processes or for biomedical applications, developing high entropy materials and MAX phases for use as thermal spray coatings, and any other topic that does not fall readily into an existing Competence Team’s remit.
  • Conduct Literature Reviews, Technology Reviews and Technology Scanning.
  • Work with external research collaborators to write and submit high quality peer-reviewed research papers, where appropriate.
  • Promote Oerlikon Metco’s technical reputation by representing Oerlikon Metco at Conferences and Technical Seminars, as appropriate.
  • Other duties as may be assigned or required, including supporting colleagues in Westbury with powder product developments.

Support the Lead: Global Innovation and Novel Materials (Competence Team Leader) in the following activities:

  • Identify relevant emerging material classes and technologies and monitor research activity in these areas, e.g. via literature scanning and attending key technical conferences.
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts within the global research communities, relevant to selected material classes and technologies.
  • Support the submission of invention disclosures and provisional patent filings within the Materials R&D Group.
  • Work with external collaborators (key customers, universities and/or research organizations) to develop and obtain funding for collaborative projects, where appropriate.
  • Maintain, strengthen and administratively support the portfolio of Ideation Projects and Technology Development Projects within the Materials R&D Group. This includes scheduling and attending of regular progress reviews for the portfolio, and providing support in overcoming problems or issues encountered by the project teams.


We expect

Essential criteria:

  • PhD-level qualification in Materials Science, Materials Engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Personal, up-to-date experience of at least three of the following: Thermal spray coatings, powder manufacturing technologies, high entropy materials (including carbides/oxides), titanium alloys, MAX phases, PM processes (SPS, MIM, HIP …).
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to communicate confidently, concisely and persuasively at Senior Management/Head of Faculty level.
  • Excellent presentation and report-writing skills.
  • Able and willing to travel internationally (ca. 20% travel).
  • Able to very quickly gain a sound technical understanding of new technologies.
  • Able to see the big picture whilst also developing a good understanding of the details.
  • Innovative, pioneering mindset and a tolerance for ambiguity and ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Can multitask and work independently as well as within flexible team environments.
  • Expert user of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.


The following are highly desirable:

  • Project Management experience in an applied research environment.
  • Able to communicate in German.
  • Strong competence in experimental planning and results interpretation for X-Ray Diffraction, EBSD, nano-indentation data and related materials characterization techniques.
  • Strong consultative, problem solving and facilitation skills.

Expert knowledge of data presentation in Microsoft Excel or similar (Open Source) software products


About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments). *CA

Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials and services. With a dynamically growing network of over 30 locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, power generation, automotive, oil & gas, industrial and other specialized markets. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team!

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