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Ink Chemist Intern Conversion

Job ID 3015297 Location San Diego, California; Corvallis, Oregon Date posted 09/16/2017

This is a chemistry/chemical engineering positions supports HP’s imaging and printing business through supporting HP existing inks, developing cost reduction programs, and improving overall supplier and ink quality to provide industry leading performance for HP’s inkjet products.


  • Assess areas in need of quality improvement and implement quality improvement processes. Investigate reformulation options for cost reduction or quality improvement of inks.
  • Interaction with external suppliers in the pursuit of improved quality control, potential for cost savings. When appropriate, interaction with external ink and colorant manufacturers to scale-up and qualify inks and/or colorants.
  • Close participation with printer and media groups to ensure that a complete system solution is achieved. Communication of your work at periodic and required intervals and at the appropriate forums (staff meetings, reviews, etc...).
  • Travel, as needed, to partner media and printer divisions, external suppliers, and conference/trade-shows.

Business Environment

HP is the leader in Inkjet Technology. We work to maintain this position while adding new technologies and innovative products to our portfolio. In the Advance Platform Technology Solutions Lab, we develop ink and writing systems for various markets. Our focus is on providing advanced innovative solutions to our partners and customers.

You will work with other members of our Ink Design teams to drive new technology development, implementing new

designs and innovating next generation printing technologies for our partners and customers.


  • The successful candidate must be currently pursuing a PhD or have recently graduated (<1year) with a PhD in Chemistry, Chem Eng, or Mat Sci, and have experience in one or more of the following areas: organic, polymer, colloidal.
  • Candidates having education, thesis work, or job experience in the following areas are of particular interest: Characterization of submicron particle systems and particle interactions at the nano-scale, pigment chemistry, film-forming mechanisms and characterization, and/or knowledge in color science.

Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, and the ability to work effectively with internal and external partners worldwide. This includes engaging in an objective debate with peers on a periodic basis with regards to the direction of the project and be able to redirect project goals to best utilize his/her time. The Intern is expected to present the results of his/her project.
  • Must be able to show a legal right to work in the US.
  • Completion of PhD program.