Materials Scientist Engineer

Engineering San Jose, California



Align Technology is the industry leader and innovator in medical devices which focuses on revolutionizing the digital dental and orthodontics’ practice. Align Technology is looking for a Materials Scientist/Engineer for our San Jose, CA office. This exciting new role would be part of a culture that is helping to improve lives every day through digital dentistry.


The Materials Scientist/Engineer candidate will have exceptional skills with many materials like polymers or ceramics. This role will be part of the Align Technology goal to deliver our clear aligners (Invisalign®) 3D scanners (iTero®) to our customer.



The Materials Scientist/Engineer will be a key member of the R&D Materials Engineering team. He/she will be responsible for planning and executing projects that focus on new product development, as well as improving Align's existing products.  The ideal candidate will have a background in new material development especially in the area of additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing), thermoplastics, coating and adhesive, and/or thermoset materials.



  • Develop and guide new product development from "start" to "finish."
  • Visit outside manufacturing vendors (e.g., 3rd party vendors, etc.) to guide process development activities related to new product development, process improvements or new equipment evaluation.
  • Work cross-functionally with the following organizations: Manufacturing, Clinical Research, Marketing, Operations, Regulatory and Legal.
  • Design products based on the following materials: polymers, composites, plastics, ceramic, metals and adhesives.
  • Work independently at the laboratory bench to develop and evaluate new products, new materials formulations or to adapt and improve existing ones.
  • Select, design and evaluate a variety of materials (e.g., thermoplastics, elastomers, composites, coating, adhesives, etc.) to determine the best combination of materials for specific application.
  • Direct lab bench work for product development and physical property testing duties.
  • Must demonstrate ability to work safely in a team environment.
  • Interface with a variety of internal stakeholders, external suppliers, and technical collaborators to deliver technical solutions.
  • Support product development teams working toward the development of new products.
  • Prioritize and meet deadlines and construct project timetables.
  • Prepare written reports summarizing key findings.
  • Identify and implement effective courses of action.
  • Coach, motivate, and mentor Jr. Engineer and lab technicians when needed.



  • Experience of physical-chemical processes and methods of materials characterization.
  • Familiarity with polymer characterization methods (mechanical testing, thermal analysis, rheology, spectroscopy and the underlying theory).
  • Experience in chemical formulations for product applications is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience in additive manufacturing technologies are desirable.
  • Experience with medical device development life cycle and regulatory requirements
  • Must have the ability to apply results to product performance metrics.
  • Ability to work on several projects simultaneously as well as participate on cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work on projects that vary from routine to very complex.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others. Must be a strong team player.



  • B.S., M.S, or Ph.D. degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Polymer Science or Materials Science or Chemical Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years working experience in material research and development, depending on level of education


Nice to Have:

  • Experience with medical device development life cycle and regulatory requirements



  • Up to 10% international and US-based travels