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Principal Materials Innovation Engineer


Charlotte, NC, US, 28208

REQ ID:  34756

Sealed Air is in business to protect, to solve critical packaging challenges and to leave our world better than we found it. Our portfolio of leading packaging solutions includes CRYOVAC® brand food packaging, SEALED AIR® brand protective packaging and BUBBLE WRAP® brand packaging, which collectively enable a safer, more efficient food supply chain and protect valuable goods shipped around the world. Sealed Air generated $4.9 billion in sales in 2020 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 115 countries. To learn more, visit


Sealed Air’s I&D department is looking for a Principal Process and Product Development Engineer to work initially in our Charlotte, NC campus. Overall role is to support the I&D mission which includes the development and delivery of innovative, sustainable, robust, and cost-effective product solutions in alignment with the Division Strategy.  Foster a safe environment, where our employees’ creative, technical and leadership skills are best utilized, as well as challenged, in order to deliver timely results.


•    Responsible for contributing to the development of collaboration among project members
•    Responsible for all aspects of formulation and process trials, communication with the appropriate operational personnel, and sharing results with management
•    Responsible for developing safety protocols for equipment together with Lab personnel
•    Scouts external technologies related to specific projects
•    Responsible for being cognizant of and pursuing potential IP opportunities
•    Responsible for being cognizant of and pursuing potential sustainability opportunities
•    Accountable to project management through PPM, monthly reporting, and updated reports
•    Responsible for transition of technology to the Development Teams


•    BS or MS or PhD in Renewable/Biomaterials, Fiber & Paper Technology, Chemical Engineering, or Polymer/Materials Engineering
•    Minimum 5 years of research and development experience in the biomaterials, polymers, fiber or paper processing. Especially, product development in the packaging industry using such materials is preferred. 

Additional Qualifications:
•    Strong knowledge of biomaterials, fiber, paper and additives used in complex manufacturing processes
•    Ability to rapidly become knowledgeable with new materials and processes is a plus
•    Knowledge on end of life paths (composting, recycling) of plastics and paper process and sustainability understanding will be a plus  
•    Strong knowledge of structure-property relationships is a plus
•    Creative at innovative combinations of various processing equipment
•    Creative at identifying adjacent technologies and applying to Sealed Air markets 
•    Collaborative, seeks ideas and opportunities from others
•    Innovative in linking new concepts to new opportunities 
•    Good judgment and decision making, able to recommend as to continuing an area of assessment
•    Resourceful, pulls together the necessary tools, equipment and people, to get the job done
•    Ability to execute independently in ambiguous research areas is a plus

Requisition id: 34756 

Relocation: Yes  

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.



It is our responsibility to leverage what we have to affect positive and meaningful change for our communities and planet using Sealed Air’s global resources and expertise.

  • Corporate sustainability. It’s about improving the lives of people around the world by addressing pressing needs in the communities where we and our customers operate.
  • Customer Success. Meeting our customers' needs. At Sealed Air it’s more than a goal, it’s an integral part of our business practices, our innovative solutions, and our values.
  • Leaving our communities better than we found them through dedication of time, talent and resources.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte

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