Chromatography / Polymer Chemist at Western Digital

Western Digital
Chromatography / Polymer Chemist
San Jose, CA
Business Function: Analytical & Characterization Engineering
Work Location: San Jose Great Oaks Headquarters–LOC_WDT_USCA23

Company Description
At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we’ve been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world’s biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You’ll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That’s us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Today’s exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It’s You & Western Digital. Together, we’re the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description
Western Digital, the premiere producer of storage solutions including hard disk drives (WD and G-Technology brands) and solid-state drives (SanDisk brand), is seeking a chemist with expertise in gas and liquid chromatography, as well as experience with analysis and properties of polymer materials and adhesives. Hard disk drives (HDDs) require rigorous levels of cleanliness and specific materials properties for their components, in order to maintain reliable performance over many years of operation in a variety of environments.

The successful candidate will join a large group of scientists who support Western Digital’s global research, development, and manufacturing efforts. This position is located in our world-class Analytical Sciences Laboratory in San Jose, California.


The position requires chromatography method development and analysis for trace level chemicals and material contaminants, including hands-on sample preparation, instrument operation and troubleshooting, data analysis, and professional report writing.
Polymer and adhesives knowledge will be used to help select appropriate materials for intended HDD use and in understanding root cause for HDD failures.
Collaboration with other lab personnel to combine results from multiple tests (e.g., NMR, FTIR, Raman, TOF-SIMS, etc.) into an overall understanding is expected.
Verbal presentations and explanation of results to development scientists and engineers are essential components of the position.
Regular sharing of technical skills and method transfers to global development and factory laboratory personnel will be needed.

BS (minimum), MS or PhD (preferred) in Analytical, Organic, or Polymer Chemistry
5+ years experience in GC-MS and/or LC-MS
Strong problem-solving abilities and desire to work in a multi-cultural team environment
Additional Information
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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