Technician - Biorefinery & Energy Program
FPInnovations - Pointe-Claire, QC

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TECHNICIAN | Biorefinery & Energy Program

About FPInnovations

FPInnovations is among the world’s largest private, non-profit research centers working in forest research. The organization helps the Canadian forest industry to develop pathbreaking solutions based on the unique attributes of Canada’s forest resources, favoring a sustainable development approach and taking full advantage of the industry’s considerable scientific, technological and commercial capital.

FPInnovations, Pulp, Paper and Bioproducts Division, is presently seeking a technician to work in the Biorefinery & Energy Program at its Pointe-Claire, QC facilities.

We are looking for a candidate who preferably has a background in the chemical, thermal, and mechanical characterization of polymers as well as chemical separations technology. The candidate must demonstrate autonomy, dynamism, leadership, good communications skills, as well as personal integrity, honesty, reliability, and ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing support to researchers by running experiments at the laboratory, pilot and demonstration plant levels. He/she is expected to be able to perform numerous tasks in a professional and efficient manner.

The candidate will participate in research and development projects and contracts. He/she will assist researchers in tasks relating to black liquor characterization, process ability and combustibility, the recovery of kraft mill by-products (e.g. hemicellulose, lignin, methanol, tall oil) and new bio-product development. In parallel, he/she will participate in other projects relating to chemical pulping and recovery.

Black liquor characterization
-Recovery and purification of kraft mill by-products
-Development of new bio-products and biomaterials
-Analysis and reporting of results through experimental research reports and presentations
-Daily planning of tasks/projects
-Maintenance and calibration of lab and pilot plant equipment
-Implementation of systems and procedures to ensure rapid circulation of information within the group (e.g. reports, presentations, papers, patents, files and folders)

-CEGEP or Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering;
-3 years of relevant experience in a position related to polymer science;
-Good practical and theoretical knowledge of techniques used in thermal (DSC, TGA), mechanical (tensile strength) and spectroscopic (IR, UV) analysis as well as software used to collect and analyze data;
-Resourcefulness and ability to perform minor repairs on equipment;
-Basic knowledge in the following areas will be an asset: rheology, NMR;
-Good knowledge of current computer tools (e.g. Microsoft Office, etc.);
-Good oral and written communication skills in French and English (an asset).