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Title:  R & D Lab Technician

Requisition ID:  19660-159

Louisville, CO, US, 80027

Category:  Research and Development
Travel:  Negligible

With limited, to direct supervision from the Laboratory Manager, the Laboratory Technician (LT) performs chemical laboratory functions (esp. coating research, formulations, materials ID, and analysis), and materials engineering in support of Corporate R&D for new product development, and existing business/plant support. The LT also performs physical analyses (as needed) related to materials used in packaging manufacturing. Also, performs testing in relation to the design and performance of packaging used in cooking applications.

  • Assists in material-related projects and programs in support of Global R&D, especially relating to coatings, coating chemistry, formulations, coating development, and research.
  • Supervised formulary and materials analysis in direct support of the projects assigned to the Laboratory Manager.
  • ‘Typical’ wet-chemistry laboratory techniques including extractions, formulary, mixing, pH, viscosity, NVR, etc.
  • Optical/digital microscopy and ‘general’ lab analyses in support of MW, and other initiatives including cooking analysis, and reverse-engineering for the detailed break-down of individual components of samples for thickness, structural ID, etc.
  • Conducts analytical analysis of paperboard, films, adhesives, inks & coatings via FTIR and DSC analytical techniques.
  • Performs cooking/performance evaluations of microwave packaging structures.
  • Develop and evaluate new procedures for the ‘chemical’ analyses of MW, and folding carton substrates.
  • Writes detailed reports and emails stating results and conclusions, and future course of action from the lab work completed.


Required Skills

BA/BS in chemistry required. 3-5 years’ experience in a ‘working’ lab environment achieved through school/university, and/or work experience/job functions. Coating/ink, and polymer experience acquired through work within the packaging, or chemical industries is a strong asset to this position and may receive additional consideration. FTIR and DSC experience, and knowledge also a definite benefit, especially familiarization with Thermo Electron’s Omnic software packages for FTIR analytical techniques. Additional skills and coursework, knowledge and/or experience in biopolymers, paper production & test methods, and food science related to microwave cooking are also desired skillsets.

Ability to lift up to 40-50 lbs.; able to spend considerable time in front of a computer monitor or looking through a microscope without considerable eye strain.  Communicates and works effectively and safely around sometimes dangerous chemicals, and chemical environments.  The ability to work throughout the lab as a cross-functional employee, as needed, and in times of high-stress, quick/priority requests.

Required Experience

BA/BS in chemistry required. 3-5 years’ experience in a ‘working’ lab environment achieved through school/university, and/or work experience/job functions.


 At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference. 

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful. 

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference. 


 Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster

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