Senior Polymer Technician, R&D

    • Stryker
  • Fremont, CA
  • Posted 23 days ago | Updated 6 hours ago


On Site
USD 35.51 - 49.13 per hour
Full Time


Research and Development
Attention to detail
Medical devices
Healthcare information technology
Professional development
Test methods
Laboratory equipment
Chemical engineering
Materials science
Wet chemistry
Health care
Analytical skill
Mechanical engineering
Design of experiments

Job Details

Why engineering at Stryker?

At Stryker we are dedicated to improving lives, with a passion for researching and developing new medical device products. As an engineer at Stryker, you will be proud of the work that you will be doing, using cutting-edge technologies to make healthcare better. Here, you will work in a supportive culture with other incredibly talented and intelligent people, creating industry-leading medical technology products. You will also have growth opportunities as we have a culture that supports your personal and professional development.

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Who we want -

Detail-oriented process improvers. Critical thinkers who naturally see opportunities to develop and optimize work processes - finding ways to simplify, standardize and automate.

Meticulous documenters. Detail-oriented people who enjoy maintaining meticulous documentation of reports, metrics, proposals, and presentations.

Analytical problem solvers. People who go beyond, by identifying root causes, evaluating optimal solutions, and recommending comprehensive solutions to prevent future issues.

Curious learners. People who seek out cutting-edge research and information to expand and enhance their ability to develop new ideas into reality.

What you will do -

As a Senior Polymer Technician, you will perform general laboratory work including handling and processing polymer materials/chemicals, performing polymer mechanical testing, operating polymer processing and characterization equipment and generating/processing data.
  • Apply engineering statistics software (i.e., DOE) to characterize processes.
  • Act as a technical leader for new processes, materials, test methods and prototypes
  • Familiarity with standard chemical laboratory techniques
  • Comfortable using common chemistry lab equipment and glassware
  • Actively participate in project team meetings as requested. Coordinate and monitor project task execution and project progress against deliverables.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to keep precise laboratory records
  • Synthesize and characterize polymer formulations in a laboratory setting
  • Support formulation optimization for desired material performance
  • Maintain detailed records of experiments.
  • Ordering and stocking lab supplies, chemicals and other agents as necessary
  • Create preliminary engineering documentation following established procedures. Develop and/or verify specifications.

What you need-

  • Two-year Technical Degree (i.e., AA, Certificate) and/or equivalent experience required
  • Associate or Bachelors Degree in chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical engineering, materials science, or a closely related field with 4+years (associate) or 2+ years (bachelor) working in a wet chemistry laboratory preferred
  • 2+ years technical work experience (4+ years preferred) with wet lab and polymer formulations.
  • Technical expertise or familiarity in the following: chemical synthesis, mechanical testing, biocompatibility testing, rheology, standard polymer characterization methods (GPC, NMR, DMA, FTIR, optical spectroscopy, etc.), drug elution studies etc.
  • Experience working with external vendors
  • Good analytical and problem
  • Experience with polymer chemistry preferred
  • Experience with hydrogel characterization techniques, such as rheology, is preferred

$35.51 - $49.13 per hour plus bonus eligible + benefits. Actual minimum and maximum may vary based on location. Individual pay is based on skills, experience, and other relevant factors.
About Stryker

Our benefits:

  • 12 paid holidays annually
  • Health benefits include: Medical and prescription drug insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, critical illness insurance, accident insurance, hospital indemnity insurance, personalized healthcare support, wellbeing program and tobacco cessation program.
  • Financial benefits include Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), 401(k) plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), basic life and AD&D insurance, and short-term disability insurance.

For a more detailed overview of our benefits or time off, please follow this link to learn more: US Stryker employee benefits

About Stryker
Stryker is a global leader in medical technologies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in MedSurg, Neurotechnology, Orthopaedics and Spine that help improve patient and healthcare outcomes. Alongside its customers around the world, Stryker impacts more than 130 million patients annually. More information is available at

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