Material Development Engineer

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions for almost every industry on the planet. And we are where we are because our talents brought us here. By specializing in the polymer engineering that makes innovation and application possible, Trelleborg works closely with leading industry brands to accelerate their performance, drive their business forward—and along the way, shape the industry and progress that will benefit humankind in the exciting years ahead. Our people are Shaping Industry from the Inside. Why don´t you join us? 


USA - Fort Wayne, IN

Summary of Role

The material development engineer develops innovative thermoplastic and thermoset polymeric compounds for sealing, bearing & structural solutions.

Scanning for and evaluation of new technologies around polymer materials and compounds.

Support new material/product commercialization through transition from “laboratory setting” to production environment. The role comprises material development and application related material research.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Develop polymer compounds to improve performance of Trelleborg products
  • Pre-development on applying new technologies in and on polymer materials
  • Conduct Tribology studies and testing
  • Monitor and evaluate new polymer, filler, and process technologies
  • Investigate the influence of formulation and processing variables on material properties
  • Collaborate in international material development projects
  • Help manufacturing units with property and processing issues
  • Support TSS activities to achieve and maintain compliance to legal, industry and customer requirements.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science, Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field is required.
  • Master’s degree or PhD in Polymer Science, Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of polymer technologies and types preferred.
  • 3 years of experience in polymer development of engineering plastics and compounds preferred.
  • Polymer synthesis background, experience with high performance polymers, with PTFE compounds and with composites are an asset.


  • Innovation mindset
  • Knowledge about university research
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical thinking to transfer new findings into added value for the company


Last application date: 2022-02-22

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