GAF Senior Research Scientist in Topeka, Kansas
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As North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, we’re always seeking new talent that can help drive innovation, inspire collaboration, and spur creativity. And we can’t do it without people like you! Join us as we aspire to new heights and build out a world-class R&D organization for our Commercial Roofing division.
We are investing in the future with ambitious plans for growth, and as always, GAF will invest in your future too. No one else can bring to the table (or roof!) exactly what you can, so we invest in our employees with competitive benefits, career development opportunities, and recognition programs so that our people thrive in the same way our business does.
Reporting to GAF’s Sr. Director of Commercial R&D, the Senior Research Scientist, Single Ply Product Development for the Commercial R&D business unit is responsible for driving and contributing to programs to provide solutions to customers while driving profitable growth. Work may include areas such as: research, applications development, materials enhancements and/or cost-out initiatives. Work with internal and external partners to build the innovation pipeline and develop next generation products and low-cost manufacturing process improvements.
Investigate and evaluate technologies
Independent judgment in implementing new work methods
Represents department at internal meetings and selected external meetings
Design and perform experiments
Observe and evaluate technology trends and build up an excellent network internally and externally
Challenging, highly technical projects that require broad conceptual judgment for which there is little or no precedent.
Working with customers to validate product needs and performance
Define Materials Science capabilities and resources needed to execute projects in the area
Interactions have direct impact on project activities of other team members
Designing, analyzing and testing products for development across platforms
Leadership/mentoring to associate Scientists / Engineers
Assists in the preparation and/or prepares procedures for departments
Provides back-up for supervisor
Performs experiments with minimum to no supervision, interprets and evaluates data, contributes to written reports
Customer / Market Focus
Fostering Innovation - Idea Generator/Integrator
Analytical Thinking and Decision-Making
Collaborative Relationships and Influence
A PhD with 3+ years of experience or a Graduate/Bachelors degree with 7+ years of experience.
2+ years experience in Project Management with understanding of experimental and analytical research processes and interpretations
Demonstrated outstanding research/development accomplishments
Readily identified as a key contact in assigned area
Broad thinker that can effectively collaborate across regions and cultures
Ability to present highly technical material in an easy-to-understand way
50%, national within US
We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best – Protect what matters most.
As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all candidates and employees in this position. Proof of vaccination is required. Should you require accommodation for medical or religious needs, GAF will engage in an interactive process with you to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided in accordance with applicable state and federal law.
We believe our employees are our greatest resource. We offer competitive salary, benefits, 401k, and vacation packages for all full time permanent positions. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and GAF, Hawk, SGI, and Siplast are proud to be affirmative action employers. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. If applying for positions in the U.S., must be eligible to work in the U.S. without need for employer sponsored visa (work permit).
With 130+ years in the industry, GAF is the leading roofing manufacturer in North America. As a member of the Standard Industries family of companies, we are also part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.
Our communities help give our work meaning and the products we manufacture help protect what matters most. The shingles help to shelter the families living in the homes in our towns. The TPO helps protect what is under that hospital’s roof. In addition to quality products, we make sure they are installed by quality craftsmen and women. The full GAF portfolio of solutions is supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.
GAF continues to be the leader in quality and offers comprehensive warranty protection on its products and systems. Our success is driven by a commitment to empowering our people to deliver advanced quality and purposeful innovation and the desire to protect what matters most.