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Old 07-15-2016, 06:10 PM
 
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Most companies have centralized R&D centers that are loaded with PhDs. GE has their corporate R&D center in Schenectady, NY; they do work with polymers. Up until a few months ago, DuPont was hiring guys like your husband in DE, but a hedge fund put the stop on that by breaking up DuPont. There are lots of other material science companies that would probably be interested as well.... Just look for some with very deep pockets


If your husband has a PhD in polymers from a good school; that's a great accomplishment. If you are willing to move, he will find what he is looking for.


Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:12 PM
 
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Thanks! He is going across the country next week for an interview. Any other advice would be helpful. His program is the top in the country and the big moneymaker for his university. He has a high GPA. I just want to help him get a job so we can start a family! Thanks
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Old 07-16-2016, 06:19 AM
 
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Boo-urns gave some great run down there.

One other area where I would say to look is implantable medical devices, where coating and polymers are key to the thing even being sold and used in bodies. Bodies tend to reject foreign bodies so there is huge R&D in biomedical coatings that are non reactive. Some of that work is in big companies like J&J (if you really like big companies), but to be honest a good bit of it is in smaller companies something along the lines of Landec or others who are developing the polymers themselves.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:23 AM
 
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Where and what industries is he applying in? Polymers only narrows it down somewhat, there's still a very broad range there. What does he want to do with polymers? R&D of new ones, manufacturing, quality, test, products that use polymers? Textiles for example. Milliken has an opening for a PHD in polymer right now.


Knowing that will help. Then if you can get us some more we perhaps can give some thoughts on interviewing techniques for engineers. In general engineers don't respond well to some of the standard interviewing techniques. It's not in our nature to make up answers so we tend to interpret questions precisely. Which really hurts when we try to provide an answer to, in our minds at least, 3 sigma, and the interviewer things 50% is on target.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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He applies to anything applicable. The positions he has interviewed for are called R and D. He has also interviewed for Chemist 2 and 3. He says he's more of an engineer than a chemist, so those interviews are harder for him. His industry experience includes a start up company that did something with nanocoatings? and in the Air Force with aerospace stuff. His reasearch is all in coatings
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:15 PM
 
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The oil & gas industry would pick this guy up in an instant.....normally.....but n the worst downturn in 30 years so just bad timing there.
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: KC, MO
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My husband is finishing a doctorate in a specialized form of engineering.
My latest copy (July) of Coatings World has a tabulation of "2016 Top Companies" which you can also find on the Internet at: The Resource for the Global Coatings Industry - Coatings World ...

You can probably find the same information using RefUSA, inputting relevant SIC AND NAICS codes but this listing might make it easier to search out possible employers.





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Old 07-20-2016, 12:00 PM
 
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No sure why he's having trouble. Someone with his resume should be getting offers no problem even if he screws up a question. There should be plenty of opportunities at Dow Chemical, Corning, PPG, BASF, or even at places like Space X or Boeing. Hope you're not putting too much additional pressure on him. I'm sure he knows what's at stake, esp since he's preparing to defend.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:07 PM
 
Location: KC, MO
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Thanks! He is going across the country next week for an interview. Any other advice would be helpful. His program is the top in the country and the big moneymaker for his university. He has a high GPA. I just want to help him get a job so we can start a family! Thanks

Why isn't he working with a search firm/headhunter who specializes in his industry?


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Old 07-20-2016, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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Have you looked into working for the Federal Government?
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