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PHD graduate - Increase recycled content in Exterior Automotive applications F / M

Published 2023-05-09

Hungry for challenges? Join a group with innovation at its heart and contribute to the automotive revolution!

With 31,000 team members located in 26 countries and with a 2020 revenue of €7.7 billion, Plastic Omnium is world leader in intelligent exterior systems, clean energy systems and front-end modules.

Our ambition? Provide automakers with cutting-edge equipment and solutions to develop tomorrow’s clean and connected car.

Description of the position:

Within the Engineering Product performance Department of Sigmatech, international R&D Centre of Plastic Omnium, you will contribute to the sustainability roadmap of IES Division and increase of the recycled content by studying how the waste selection is affecting the performances of the recycled plastics grades

Main missions:

In the context of our carbon footprint reduction strategy, the objective is to propose high recycled content in product.

However, how to increase the recycled content without decreasing high quality standard of the automotive when recycled material are based on wastes from various streams including household sources?

The study will aim to understand the direct link between the formulation of the waste stream used and their impact on the performance of the materials (processability, appearance, paint adhesion and bonding) to provide clear guidelines to our material suppliers.

Main activities would be :

  • Propose complete roadmap, reporting and follow-up for the project
  • Follow-up of relevant regulation evolutions in automotive as well as in other sectors (packaging, electronic …)
  • Understand the formulation of waste streams that could be used in the composition of automotive plastic grades
  • Study the exact impact of additives, formulas, and pollution on performance on plates and/or parts in accordance to OEM’s specifications
  • Analyses of each batch for new recycled materials to evaluate the presence of additives and pollution
  • Evaluate the impact on performance, in particular painting & bonding
  • Participate to guidelines redaction and share results with raw material suppliers
  • Profile:

  • Engineering or master’s degree in chemistry, material or equivalent.
  • PhD on plastic materials formulation and/or paint & adhesive preferably done in industrial environment (CIFRE)
  • Knowledge of polymers, formulation and characterisation tests and transformation processes
  • Good communication skills, team spirit.
  • Fluent English required. German would be appreciated.
  • Start Date: As soon as possible

    Localization: Sigmatech, Plastic Omnium, Sainte-Julie 01150 (30kms from Lyon, carpooling possible)

    Compensation & Benefits

    Gross annual salary according to profile + profit-sharing + participation to the company restaurant + transportation allowance. Our R&D Centre also has access to a gym and concierge service.

    As a responsible company, Plastic Omnium pays particular attention to diversity and equality within its teams and the Group commits to treat all job applications equally.