Materials Scientist
Boise, ID 
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About Our Company

Curiosity and innovation are in HP's DNA. From our origins in a Palo Alto garage in 1939, to our current position as one of the world's leading technology companies, HP is a leader in technology and corporate culture, inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs around the globe.

HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services, and IT infrastructure to serve more than 1 billion customers in over 170 countries. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace that attracts exceptional talent. We dream in over 35 languages and share one mission: to engineer experiences that amaze.

About Our Lab

Our Materials Science Lab is located in Boise Idaho. We are a diverse team of experienced scientists and technicians and the essential analytical arm of the LaserJet product development as wells as other hardware product groups within Boise and around the world. We conduct materials and physical properties analysis, field failure analysis in such varied disciplines as paper and toner science, UV color stability, product air emissions, contamination identification, and reliability assessments. Our mission is to provide accurate, objective data and guidance on materials questions/problems as they arise to help make our business successful in amazing our customers with quality printers.

Material Scientist Job Description

This is an opportunity for a Material Scientist laboratory position supporting and advising various collaborative printer hardware teams around the world including: R&D, supply chain, management, production/manufacturing, marketing, service, and quality assurance teams. This is hands-on lab work. A great candidate will be proficient and perform independent investigations utilizing a wide variety of instruments to assess chemical composition and physical properties as well as using a variety of microscopy tools to assess performance of printer materials throughout their life cycle. Examples of instruments and tools include FTIR, XRF, ICP, SEM, Xray, optical, thermal. Assessed properties may include mechanical strength, hardness, surface texture, particle size distribution, melt points, glass transitions and tribology. A wide variety of conventional and specialty materials cycle are encountered. Designing and developing stress tests is part of material and system evaluations to ensure customer environment reliability. Part of the job includes conducting failure analysis (root cause investigations) and competitive intelligence forensic work. Recommendations of corrective actions and accurate risk assessment will be required and will need to be communicated effectively to suppliers and various teams across the globe. Ability to multitask, prioritize work, and plan simultaneous long term and short-term research is expected.

Job Responsibilities

  • Identify and research component & system failures to improve product yield, quality and/or reliability
  • Evaluate the electrical, mechanical, and chemical characteristics of components, sub-components, and systems to determine the root cause of failure.
  • Design and execute experiments and tests
  • Develop and optimize new methods to meet new demands
  • Provide risk assessments, material analysis, and failure analysis to engineering teams
  • Develop current and future competencies on chemical and physical analysis tools and techniques
  • Contribute and collaborate with various teams to find optimal solutions
  • Share materials expertise and provide guidance to non-materials scientists at various levels within the company
  • Create clear written report documentation of findings and recommendations and failure analysis reports identifying root causes
  • Keep current on new materials and emerging technology
  • Ensure a safe work environment
  • Operation, calibration, maintenance, and recommendation of laboratory tools

Educational Requirements and Essential Experience

  • B.S. in Materials Science/Engineering (minimum)
  • 5 years industrial experience (minimum)
  • Experience in manufacturing processes, quality control, reliability, risk assessment
  • Emphasis in polymer engineering
  • Familiarity with print mechanisms (laser scanners, photoconductors, fusers, formatters) and materials unique to printer hardware (paper, toner, ink, etc.) is highly desirable

Desired Qualities and Strengths

  • Self-motivated and self-learner
  • Obsessed with quality and end customer experience
  • Analytical
  • Curious mind
  • Growth mindset
  • Effective communicator (oral and written)
  • Team member and willingness to collaborate
  • Persistent problem solver


Hewlett-Packard Boise site is the worldwide reference point for HP's Laser Enterprise Solutions Business hosting the LaserJet R&D business. We want to incorporate an electrical/electronics engineer to the LES R&D Regulations department, for the areas of safety, EMC and telecommunications. The candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary and energetic development team located both in Boise and other international locations, working towards common and technically challenging objectives. Specific responsibilities for the position include the following: *Define safety strategy and translation to design requirements. Active participation in product development to influence and evaluate design for safety compliance. *Act as focal point for the program representing the interests of all regulatory areas (EMC, safety, and telecommunications), leading the rest of the team, and integrating team activities and requirements to the programs. *Review electronics, mechanics and system level designs. Influence design teams to implement best options in terms of safe and legal compliance. Design and implement test plans as required to validate designs. *Develop regulatory documentation in alignment with regulatory regional teams. Keep track of evolving standards and feedback to HP representatives on the standardization committees. Establish, maintain & promote networking with other HP organizations in this area. *Lead communications with regulatory certification agencies (UL, TUV) for consultancy and certification. Become proficient on SMT to enable on-site testing and reporting. *Collaborate with sales and operations teams for escalations/questions coming from manufacturing or from the customers in the areas of safety. The basic requirements all candidates must meet are: *Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Electrical Engineering (Electronics/Electricity) or Electromechanical Engineering. *Effectively interact and communicate in cross-functional forums. English language proficiency. *Initiative and work autonomy. Hands on attitude. Positive spirit and attitude facing changes, creativeness removing blocks, strive for agility. *Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills. Good influencer. Additional requirements valued: *Master's degree or safety/product regulations related experience *Knowledgeable in safety theory, detailed design, testing and issue resolution. *Familiarity with ITE safety standards (60950-1, etc.) *Demonstrate strong evangelization skills to drive alignment across the disciplines and teams, to prevent issues, and to rapidly identify and resolve the issues in R&D programs. *Excellent leadership skills to lead multiple discipline teams in solving complex technical problems. *Business acumen and independent judgment: Assess impact in business metrics of the technical solutions provided. *Ability to get rapid alignment with other disciplines and teams. Understanding of several disciplines schedule, define plans with dependencies, constraints and critical paths.

About HP

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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