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Chemical Engineer - Sensors

MSA, The Safety Company
Cranberry, PA 16066
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MSA, The Safety Company

Chemical Engineer - Sensors

US-PA-Cranberry Twp

Requisition ID: 2021-4806
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Engineering


For more than 100 years, our passionate mission of safety empowers us to protect lives.

MSA Safety is a global leader in the development of safety equipment and pioneering technology that helps protect people and facility infrastructures around the world. We are committed to providing the latest in innovative, best-in-class safety solutions that feature integrated systems capability and allow our customers to return safely to their families and friends. Every day our customers place their lives in our hands. In response, we provide them with protection they can trust. It is gratifying to lead the way as a source of inspiration. Would you like to join our team of more than 5,000 employees world-wide dedicated to this purpose? We hope so.

We are seeking a dynamic, innovative, hands-on engineer to work in our collaborative engineering and manufacturing environment in Cranberry Township, PA to assist in the development of our next generation of Gas Sensors. In this role, the candidate will apply their knowledge in order to create new and innovative products, coordinate and perform tests on prototypes, and analyze data to develop conclusions and next steps. If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, then we want to hear from you!


  • Work with cross-functional, new product development teams to establish the design, performance, and cost requirements of catalyst-based resistive thermal chemical sensors
  • Establish and implement test programs to fabricate and verify selection of the optimal resistive elements, ceramic and catalyst precursors, and/or adsorbent media for the sensing application
  • Utilize and/ or develop safe, reliable methods to generate and verify explosive and/or toxic atmospheres using a variety of techniques.
  • Support manufacturing in startup of new designs as well as legacy catalyst-based resistive thermal chemical sensors, including attention to production testing and quality control
  • Keep apprised of innovative relevant technologies by tracking technical journals, attending conferences, and networking with experts in catalysis, air-purification, ceramics, etc
  • Lead sub-projects based on reaction engineering and adsorption, train technicians and interns in experimental techniques, and compose test plans, in writing if needed
  • Present technical material to a variety of audiences. Provide concise technical reports to support investigations and technical judgements


Special knowledge, skills and abilities required:

  • Fundamental knowledge of solid-gas phase reactions and the mechanisms of catalytic oxidation
  • Demonstrated knowledge in many of the relevant technical topics, including: the fabrication and performance of heterogeneous catalysts, thick and thin film deposition especially on thermal elements, fabrication and testing of wire resistive thermal sensors, or MEMS analogues of thermal sensors such as micro-hotplates
  • Experience with analytical tools such as BET surface area, chemisorption and catalyst dispersion determination, catalyst activity determination, TGA, FTIR, XRF, XPS, XRD, SEM, TEM, and Auger
  • Knowledge of various sensor precursor materials including ceramic colloidal slips & slurries, noble metal salts, platinum-alloy fine wire, base metal salts, & various adsorbents including alumina, silica, and activated carbon, as well as material methods for their manipulation
  • Familiarity with automated test systems and data collection such as Labview, and comfort working with large data sets
  • Working knowledge of statistics and awareness of techniques such as design of experiments
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Education and experience required:

  • Master's Degree (MS) or Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Analytical Chemistry, Physics, or Chemistry
  • Two or more years of "hands-on" experience with the design, fabrication, testing, and performance of catalysts/sorbents, and/or resistive thermal sensors


MSA is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to providing a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. As such, it is MSA's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of the person's age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran's status, genetic information, political affiliation, disabling condition, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. MSA also makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform a job unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to assist you in navigating this career site, let us know.Contact Us MSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans.


Posted: 2021-06-25 Expires: 2021-07-27

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