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Senior Oxide Process Engineer

Niron Magnetics

Niron Magnetics

Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2023

Niron Magnetics is a venture-backed start-up developing the only known magnetic material with the potential to displace widely used rare earth permanent magnets. These rare earth permanent magnets are found in electric motors, generators, sensors, actuators, and a variety of everyday machines. Unfortunately, the mining and refining of these materials incur harsh social and environmental costs. Niron Magnetics has developed a magnetic material that is free of critical materials (including rare earth elements), which eliminates the environmental damage caused by their use. Niron is comprised of a team of engineers and scientists with a desire to make a positive impact in our community.

About the Position

Niron is hiring a Senior Oxide Process Engineer to lead the scale up and qualification of oxide nanoparticle processes for production. The individual hired for this position will report to the Director of Production Engineering and will work closely with members of the Production Engineering, Powder R&D, and Pilot Operations teams. Opportunities for professional advancement in a rapidly growing magnet manufacturing organization will be available.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Scale up and qualify Niron's oxide nanoparticle processes for pilot production
  • Work with R&D team to transfer oxide nanoparticle processes and process improvements from lab to pilot production facility
  • Work closely with external vendors and internal Procurement & Equipment Engineering teams to specify, design, procure, and qualify new production equipment
  • Train, mentor, and help direct activities of pilot operators and technicians
  • Manage documentation of SOPs and work instructions
  • Identify and track critical process parameters using Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques
  • Develop and execute continuous improvement projects using Six Sigma tools to improve pilot production costs, cycle times, process capability, and yield
  • Perform all duties according to Niron’s Safety Program

Execution of these tasks will require day-to-day interactions with Niron Managers, Engineers, and Technicians, and regular reviews with Niron’s Director of Production Engineering.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science & engineering, nanotechnology, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in materials-related industry
  • Strong safety mindset
  • Experience working with nanoparticles or nanomaterials in a laboratory or production environment
  • Experience leading new materials manufacturing processes and products from R&D to production through stage-gate approach
  • Familiarity with statistical methods, DOE, Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing
  • Strong interpersonal communication, prioritization, organizational skills
  • Strong reporting skills with ability to concisely communicate the meaning of data
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally (less than 20%)
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment, up to 25 lbs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science & engineering, nanotechnology, or related field
  • Expertise in nanoparticle production processes
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Strong statistical training in DOE and ANOVA
  • Experience in leading teams, projects, and related methodologies to optimize delivery of results on time and on budget
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, JMP/Minitab, SQL, and/or data visualization software
  • Curiosity mindset with willingness to learn new disciplines

Compensation:

  • Base salary
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Equity position in Niron via stock option grant
  • 401k plan with company match
  • Mental healthcare support including therapeutic care
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and holidays
  • Short and long term disability and life insurance
  • Experience in a venture backed startup