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Staff Engineer, Product Design Engineering

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Location: San Jose, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000028163


  • Responsible for advanced lubricant design to support media tribology for next generation media and drive development.
  • Work with media process teams to optimize the tribology design
  • Investigate interactions between lubricant and carbon surface under various stress conditions, and improve tribology performance, chemical and particle robustness of the interface
  • Work with lubricant vendors to develop and deliver new molecule structure and functional groups
  • Conduct experiments and develop new test methodologies to understand media tribology issues
  • Identify fundamental tribology failure mechanisms and propose effective modifications to improve robustness.


  • PhD in chemistry, surface chemistry, material science, tribology or related field and at least 2 years of related experience
  • Desired experience to include a strong background in surface chemistry, polymer chemistry, carbon overcoat, tribology, with ability to perform tribology evaluation.
  • Other desirable skills include the ability to conduct investigation in tribology failures,  knowledge and experience of advanced lubricant and surface analysis techniques
  • Great communication and presentation skills are a must
  • Ability to approach problem solving in an organized manner