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Laboratory Technician - Research

Natural Fiber Welding

Natural Fiber Welding

Peoria, IL, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

About NFW

NFW is a circularity platform for plastic-free performance materials. NFW follows three Ground Rules in everything we develop: start well, stay clean, end well. While nearly everything in the built world relies on some type of plastic that began as crude oil and that will become plastic pollution, we are establishing a new material reality. We believe all materials should begin and end as nutrients, ready for the next growth cycle—true circularity.

Our multi-material platform serves a wide range of industries—from fashion and footwear to automotive and upholstery. NFW technology embeds seamlessly into existing supply chains, enabling the world’s most iconic brands to design and scale products with high-performance, plastic-free materials. NFW makes global brands more sustainable, empowering them to create without plastics. Alongside the boldest brands and visionary designers, we are pioneering a naturally circular, post-oil economy.

NFW is a company of trailblazers, innovators and bold thinkers, committed to reinventing the way things are made. We never stop learning. We are fiercely curious about the world and how to improve it for everyone. We offer competitive salary, paid vacation and sick time, flexible work-life balance, great colleagues and more!

Laboratory Technician - Research

The laboratory technician will be an active member of the research and development team conducting chemical analysis tests in support of NFW’s Manufacturing team and in aid of ongoing research. This person will be responsible for using and maintaining our chemical instrumentation such as HPLC, GPC, FTIR, bench-top NMR, GC, and several auto-titrators. They will be working closely with other cross functional teams to give advice and aid in testing samples and report the data in a timely manner. This role includes overseeing the chemical inventory by documenting new chemicals and ensuring that the chemical inventory stays up to date.

Please note: This position is onsite, hourly and relocation assistance is not provided.


  • Develop standard operating procedures for all new tests.
  • Analysis samples as part of quality control for current products
  • Asist fellow R&D colleagues in chemical testing
  • Maintain instrumentation and run weekly validation checks
  • Present data and findings in the form of reports and presentations
  • Update and maintain the accuracy of the chemical inventory
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • BS degree in Chemistry or related field
  • The ability to execute multiple tasks
  • Meticulous attention to detail is mandatory
  • Ability to work on a team as well as independently
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to adapt to ongoing change

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Frequent talking, hearing and seeing
  • Pushing and pulling on work objects with hands.
  • Working with hot and cold surfaces
  • Safely working with job related sharp objects and lab equipment.
  • Regular standing, walking, sitting, and reaching; must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Regular stooping, kneeling, crouching, standing and sitting.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 35 pounds; and occasional team lifting up to 75lbs
  • Basic computer skills- typing, looking at screen

Vision Requirements

  • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
  • Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)
  • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
  • Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point)
  • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)
  • Ability to focus (ability to adjust eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

Work Environment

  • Well-lighted, laboratory and office setting with adequate ventilation
  • Extensively handling of chemicals requiring personal protective equipment and must regularly wearing personal protective equipment when required

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The Company is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team in which members of all backgrounds can contribute and thrive. In compliance with state and federal law, the Company does not discriminate in employment or administration of its programs and policies on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service. Our policy reflects and affirms the Company’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all unlawful discriminatory practices.

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