Accelerated Weathering and Durability Scientist

  • 8080 Norton Pkwy, Mentor, OH 44060, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2018 were $7.2 billion. Learn more at


Job Description

Avery Dennison is seeking an energetic Reliability Engineer who is able to deploy deep expertise to meet organizational needs for accelerated weathering testing, outdoor aging, analytical testing, data analysis, and specific weathering research projects with pressure sensitive adhesive film constructions for Graphics & Durables applications. The position will be with the Materials Science and Characterization (MSC) Group, which primarily supports R&D activities at Avery Dennison’s Mentor, OH location, chartered to support and resolve technical problems from long term projects to urgent manufacturing and quality issues stemming from across Avery Dennison’s global operations. The position will involve the use of mechanistic driven understanding and prediction via experiments and modeling of accelerated aging and degradation in polymer films.



  • Be the subject matter expert in accelerated aging and weathering induced degradation

  • Surface using rigorous application of targeted experiments, mechanistic models and statistical data analysis trends and structure-property based guidance to improve AD product performance in intended applications.

  • Develop and implement novel accelerated test methods with strong correlation to real-life aging to support new product applications connecting product CTQ’s, quality issues and customer needs. Anticipate product failures prior to launching in the field.

  • Collaborate with internal and external resources including customers, suppliers, academia to identify new additives, testing methodologies, and voice of customer.

  • Constantly seek to bring in new characterization and weathering techniques and depth in understanding of the underlying Material Science in areas of interest.

  • Interpret data, write technical reports, and communicate analytical results with MSC and divisional scientists and production engineers in a high-quality, professional, and timely manner.

  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory and pilot plant safety audits.


  • Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or a related discipline with direct experience in polymer degradation most desirable; MS degree with additional years of experience and relevance.

  • Proven expertise in the field supported by technical publications and presentations

  • Expertise in analytical techniques such as spectroscopic, optical and chromatographic approaches to investigate weathering.

  • Expertise in statistical modeling and chemometrics including multivariate data analysis, principal component analysis etc.

  • Expertise with physical/chemical modeling of degradation mechanisms is highly desirable.

  • Be comfortable in spanning theory, experiments and production environments.    

  • Knowledge of polymers/coatings and techniques to characterize as well as a good breadth in general, organic, and polymer chemistry principles and laboratory practices is desirable.  

  • Effective written and oral communications.  

  • Good computer skills and excellent record keeping. Computing skills using math packages (R, Mathcad) highly desirable.

  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and solve problems using the above mentioned disciplines and techniques.  

  • High level of motivation, initiative, and energy.  

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.  

  • Ability to interact effectively with both internal and external customers.  

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