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Lab Technician Intern

Mindelo, Porto, Portugal

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As the largest pureplay adhesives company in the world, H.B. Fuller’s (NYSE: FUL) innovative, functional coatings, adhesives and sealants enhance the quality, safety and performance of products people use every day. Founded in 1887, with 2023 revenue of $3.5 billion, our mission to Connect What Matters is brought to life by more than 7,000 global team members who collaborate with customers across more than 30 market segments in over 140 countries to develop highly specified solutions that enable customers to bring world-changing innovations to their end markets.

TheLab Technician Intern position will have as the main task the work in specific projects in the EA Technical Hot Melt Team in Portugal, namely the physical characterization of Hot-Melts with potential to be used in the Engineer Adhesives portfolio, upload of technical information into computer base format, and leverage the use of the analytical equipment to the hot-melt technology.

The Lab Technician Intern in EA Technical Hot Melt Portugal may have, upon request and guidance of the supervisor, the responsibility to carry out tests, trials and processes and results records related to product development, analysis of new raw materials and application essays. This function reports to the department manager.

This position is located in Mindelo - Portugal.

Primary Duties

This is a laboratory bench level position. The Lab Technician Intern will give the necessary support to the EA Technical Hot Melt Team in Portugal in specific projects where systematic actions are required.

Primary duties include,

  • Characterization of physical and chemical properties of the non-reactive hot-melt portfolio for the Engineer Adhesives business unit.
  • Data upload of technical information into a computer base format.
  • Evaluate, adapt and adjust instrumental analytical methods available in Mindelo to the Hot-Melt technology (to work as predictive tools).
  • Characterization of raw materials.
  • Other characterizations that eventually might be needed.
  • Working in a safe and efficient manner.

Upon request of the manager, the Lab Technician Intern may need additionally to assist development activities by performing:

  • Trials and tests necessary for the development of new products, the re-engineering of existing products and the process of analyzing new raw materials, carrying out and maintaining the necessary records inherent to the work performed.
  • Preparation of samples of the products developed to carry out tests on customers.
  • Analysis of competitive products necessary for the development process.

The Lab Technician Intern should:

  • Ensure the conservation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, inform the manager of the need for repair or replacement of laboratory equipment that does not offer the minimum conditions of use.
  • Archive the retained samples of the laboratory's productions and experimental products.
  • Ensure the cleanliness and orderliness of the laboratory's facilities, equipment and test material.
  • Ensure the maintenance of files related to R&D in the areas in which he/she operates.
  • Ensure compliance with all safety standards in the work performed and work in a safe and efficient manner.

Minimum Requirements

  • High School degree in chemistry field

or

  • Professional High School in chemistry area

or

  • Post high school course with the level 5 qualification

or

  • Incomplete university graduation degree

and

  • ABILITY TO PERFORM LABORATORY TASKS ACCURATELY AND EXPEDITIOUSLY.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bench competency
  • Coachable and collaborative style
  • Bias for action
  • Experience in Hot Melt chemistries
  • Knowledge of adhesive lab testing procedures
  • Experience in running and maintaining adhesive test equipment
  • Experience in DSC and rheological analysis
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good fluency in English verbally and in written form
  • IT user skills in word processor (eg. MS Word) and spreadsheet (eg. MS Excel)

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

  • A controlled laboratory and/or technical center atmosphere

H.B. Fuller is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and proud to have created a collaborative culture where employees around the world are seen, heard, and respected. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability, or marital status or status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected classification.

H.B. Fuller does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or staffing firms. To conduct business with H.B. Fuller, a written service agreement must be executed by Human Resources prior to submitting any information relating to a potential candidate. Without a signed service agreement, H.B. Fuller shall not be obligated for payment of any fee or compensation.

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