Engineer II/III (Bio/Chem)

US-VA-Newport News
Job ID
Experience (Years)
Research & Development

Company Overview

Canon Virginia, Inc. located in Newport News, Virginia is a global manufacturer for Canon’s office and consumer products.   Our innovative and efficient production methods along with our environmental commitment make us a leading global manufacturer.   Since opening our doors in 1985, Canon Virginia has provided world class manufacturing services.
It is the policy of Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI) to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, national origin, or physical/mental disability except where there is a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy relates to all phases of recruitment, employment, compensation, benefits administration and participation in company sponsored employee activities. This includes hiring, promotions, demotions, transfers, layoffs, recall, training and terminations.  Employment practices will conform to all federal, state and local laws on non-discrimination.

Position Overview

Strategically identify, obtain, and develop technology to create new business opportunities. Research and prove emerging and/or targeted technologies to the pilot scale.


- Maintains awareness of trends in emerging and/or targeted technologies as well as underlying societal and market drivers through appropriate sources (e.g. journals, trade publications, news, academic sites, trade shows, conferences, continuing education)
- Identifies potential opportunities for exploitation; weighs against company alignment, internal and external potential, resource risk and other relevant factors (i.e. Intellectual Property)
- Identifies potential industry and academic partners needed to capitalize on proposed ideas
- Establishes and supports in maintaining relationships with outside partners in academia, industry and start-up companies
- Devises and drafts test plans; reviews with senior engineering and technical staff
- Implements testing at lab and pilot scale to prove out proposed technologies
- Writes test plans for technicians in BDE and supporting departments
- Develops and troubleshoots research, development and testing methods
- Interprets physical and analytical material testing results; uses results to make informed decisions
- Able to work directly on pilot scale equipment, including reconfiguring equipment
- Directly interacts with new and potential outside market sources to understand and rationalize potential customer needs using direct interviews, phone interviews, questionnaires and surveys
- Interacts with senior engineering and management staff for idea exchange and guidance
- Prepares and makes presentations to peers, senior management and executives
- May be assigned additional duties and/or special projects.


- Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering or substantially similar field of engineering with 2-5 years of direct experience (academic and / or industrial) in hands-on formulating, and testing polymer-based composites.
- Master’s degree in the same engineering fields and 0-3 years of experience will also be considered. Experience with developing composites from bio-based fillers and / or bio-based polymers is highly desirable.
- Ability to manage multiple projects to agreed upon timeframes.
- Statistical process control and measurement experience preferred.
- Requires strong analytical, problem solving and project management skills.
- Must be able to cause and effect investigations.
- Must have ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. 
- May have to work overtime and may be assigned to other shifts based on company needs.


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