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Equipment Manufacturing
Textile Materials Engineer
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W.L. Gore | Elkton, MD
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Job Description

Gore is a technology-driven global company built on entrepreneurial innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Our diverse portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Through our product leadership, we've been changing lives and changing industries for more than 50 years. What can you change by joining Gore? Visit gore.com/change-life to find out.

  Job Description

Best-known as the manufacturer of GORE-TEX® fabrics for garments and footwear, Gore manufactures a wide range of high-performance fabrics engineered to protect wearers in demanding environments-from explorers on the North Pole to firefighters, soldiers, and emergency workers. We are looking for a Textile Materials Engineer to be part of an internal R&D group based in Elkton, MD.  We are seeking someone with a solid background in linking textile processing, structure and properties to performance, as well as a strong hands-on ability and experience in managing global projects. 


If you are searching for a company where you can make a difference, we're looking for you. In this role, you will focus on advancing the understanding of the impact of fiber properties and textile structures on fabric and laminate composite performance changes over time.

  The ideal candidate will: 
  • Be passionate about manufacturing products that are the highest quality in their class
  • Be energized by working on multinational and cross-functional team efforts
  • Recognize the importance of building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships
  • Be excited about creating and driving complex technical projects with multiple global sites
 Responsibilities include:
  • Focusing on understanding the impact of raw materials, processes and other external factors on the durability of final product performance
  • Linking the chemical, physical and mechanical properties of fibers, textiles, and flexible composites to apparel performance
  • Partnering with team members and cross-functional stakeholders to identify, develop and utilize textile characterization and aging capabilities
  • Leveraging forensic analysis tools to understand textile impact on product failure and durability risk


Required Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Textile Engineering.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience with textile or flexible composite materials, processing and characterization OR minimum 3 years with Master's or Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Textile Engineering
  • Strong working knowledge of the mechanical behavior of textiles or flexible composites
  • Experience linking textile properties, structure, processing and performance (i.e. abrasion, tear, strength, stiffness, toughness, wettability, adhesion, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of textile/flexible composite testing and characterization
  • Hands-on experience with test method development
  • Experience with forensics/failure mode analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Influence others, lead self effectively, drive projects and follow through on commitments
    • Handle multiple tasks and priorities
    • Rapidly assess technical challenges, apply creative problem solving skills, and build an effective course of action
    • Understand experimental design, statistical analysis, and project management
    • Strong written and oral communication and presentation skills that are adaptable to circumstance and audience
  • Ability to travel: 10%, mostly international
  • Must be a 'U.S. Person' - a citizen (native or naturalized), green card holder, or certain refugee.  Temporary residents (visa holders) and non-US citizens are not eligible
 Desired Job Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Textile Engineering
  • Experience with ePTFE/fluoropolymer fibers
  • Experience with lamination of flexible composites and relevant adhesives
  • Experience working with external agencies/standards committees on method standardization

Export Controlled Access Required: "This position requires access to export-controlled areas and information.  Candidates must be "U.S. Persons" as that term is defined in 8 USC *1324b(a)(3). The term "U.S. Persons" includes resident aliens ("green-card" holders) as well as certain refugees, asylum-holders and residents qualifying for temporary residence under the terms of 8 USC *1255a."

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Gore is committed to a drug-free workplace. All employment is contingent upon successful completion of drug and background screening.

Gore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the US. Gore generally will not sponsor visas unless otherwise noted on the position description.


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