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Research Scientist (Polymers & Compounds) - Claremore, OK

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Role Summary:

About Us:

Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) is the world’s first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. Drawing on a storied heritage of invention, BHGE harnesses the passion and experience of its people to enhance productivity across the oil and gas value chain.

BHGE helps its customers acquire, transport and refine hydrocarbons more efficiently, productively and safely, with a smaller environmental footprint and at lower cost per barrel. Backed by the digital industrial strength of GE, the company deploys minds, machines and the cloud to break down silos and reduce waste and risk, applying breakthroughs from other industries to advance its own.

With operations in over 120 countries, the company’s global scale, local know-how and commitment to service infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup – inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world.

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Role Summary:

The Research Scientist will provide expertise in polymer/compound material research. Primary emphasis will be on modeling and simulation of polymer/compound material performance. The individual will also be responsible for developing qualification methods to certify the application of polymers/compounds in commercial oil field environments. The position will support initiatives in the area of new product development for a wide array of artificial lift products.

Essential Responsibilities:

+ Materials analysis for product development and support with emphasis on scientific understanding of structure-propertyrelationships, failure analysis, design of manufacturing processes and reliability analysis

+ Candidate should be comfortable working independently and in a cross-functional team, delivering project presentations, and able travel to vendors and universities

+ Assignments can be a significant portion of a larger project

+ May be the lead Scientist on smaller projects with some functional supervision

+ Assignments are broad in nature, requiring originality and ingenuity

+ Usually works with minimum supervision, conferring with superior on unusual matters

+ May be assisted by entry or junior or level personnel

+ Assists in project planning and review

+ May participate in customer interface with or without team leader

+ Selects scientific techniques to solve problems and makes sound recommendations

+ Assesses results for applicability, validity and conformance to specifications

+ Handles special projects, as assigned


+ Bachelor’s Degree in Scientific discipline with 4-6 yrs experience OR Master’s Degree and 2-4 yrs experience OR Ph.D and 0-1 yrs experience.

+ Understanding of polymer science, manufacturing processes, analytical characterizations and measurement techniques.

+ Versed in polymer selection of typical polymers used in oil & gas, automotive, aerospace, marine or similar industries

+ Working knowledge of modeling & simulation techniques for polymers

+ For Elastomers and Rubber chemistry, the qualified candidate should have education, knowledge or experience within the polymers and compounds as follows: EPDM, NBR, HNBR, FKM, and or FFKM.

+ Experience and or knowledge with the following Engineering materials: PEEK, PEAK, PPS, PTFE, PFA, FEP, and or PVDF

+ Ability and understanding about how to model properties and performance is essential

+ Proficient use of Microsoft office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

+ Good project management skills

+ Willing to travel domestically and internationally for training or product support, approximately 2-4 weeks per year.

Desired Characteristics:

+ Experience and or knowledge of Ceramics, Epoxies, and HT coatings is a plus.

+ Familiarity with processes used in polymer manufacturing, compounding and component manufacturing

+ Experience with metal-elastomer bonding systems and characterization

+ Familiarity with mechanical characterization testing, thermal analysis techniques, compositional analysis, and microstructural analysis

+ Familiar with oil and gas environments

+ Familiar with mechanical analysis using DMA, TGA, FTIR and DSC

+ Ability to develop material models that can be applied in finite element analysis

+ Ability to utilize methods such as DOE to develop material models for physical characteristics, degradation and performance

+ Well versed in all lab functions with expertise in analysis of material properties obtained through various testing protocols including Thermal Analysis and or other aging or life prediction methods.

+ Ability to build peer relationships as well as work independently

+ Must be action-oriented, ethical in value, and have a strong customer focus

+ Good verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with customers and colleagues in all areas – capable of technical report writing.

+ Demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skill set executed against multidimensional challenges


Claremore, OK

Baker Hughes, a GE company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more at

Locations: United States; Oklahoma; CLAREMORE

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening.

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