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Staff Scientist, Automotive Smart Panels & Lighting Technology

Title : Lead/Staff Scientist, Technical Project Leader Smart Panels and Lighting Asia:

Grade 14-15

Country China

Location STC-Shanghai

Job Type Professional

Vacancy Category Technology & Innovation


The Smart Panels and Lighting segment  is part of the Automotive Technology segment within SABIC Polymer Technology & Innovation organization. The Smart Panels and Lighting segment is a global team located in Michigan (USA), The Netherlands (Europe) and Shanghai (China). Typical targeted solutions are for Auto Lighting components and for the new and emerging Smart Panel applications space for Electric (EV) and Autonomous (AV)  vehicles.

The Challenge

The Project Leader in SABIC Automotive Technology is a technical focal point to support the Smart Panels and Lighting automotive business growth in Asia. S/he will work closely with key TIERs, OEMs and value chain partners in the region, automotive marketing, commercial/MDTS teams, and other T&I teams to identify new Smart Panel and Lighting application spaces and trends in material needs for this segment. The Project Leader will establish new development programs aligned with the Marketing strategy. S/he will maintain and build a network with customers and external partners, and work together with the product line technology teams, application technology, and corporate technology, to develop solutions for future needs.


  • Own and continuously develop the roadmap for Smart Panels and Lighting in Asia. Develop Multi Generation Application Plans for focus applications together with marketing to feed Multi Generation Product Plans.
  • Together with Marketing counterpart identify trends for Smart Panels and Lighting and determine future market needs through close cooperation and engagement with key automotive TIERs and OEMs in Asia.
  • Own the innovation project portfolio for Smart Panel and Lighting developments in Asia to drive NPI’s and Commercializations. Lead ideation and initiate new development projects for the Smart Panel and Lighting segment. Organize project teams, and work together closely with Auto commercial and marketing counterparts, ETP development teams, application technology and corporate technology teams to execute these projects within agreed timelines. Support translation package generation including value proposition.
  • Help define the strategy for collaboration with customers, value chain members, external labs as well as universities to support Smart Panel and Lighting segment growth objectives.
  • Collaborate with global Smart Panels and Lighting technology team colleagues to translate new technology developments and solutions to and from Asia.
  • Work closely with marketing counterparts and product-line technology teams on competitive landscape assessments. This includes insights into competitive new material developments and strategy analysis
  • Understand Intellectual property implications for Asia, drive ideations and Invention disclosures and facilitate Multi-party NDA. JDA etc. 


  • Ph. D. degree or Master degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering.
  • 5 to 8 years working experience in product development ideally in Automotive or Industry Lighting industries.
  • Strong project management and communication skills. Good team player who can perform in a matrix organization.
  • Good English communication skills (oral and written) with international experience.
  • Technical expertise on Engineering Thermoplastic materials (PC, PC/ABS) resins.
  • Solid expertise in injection molding processing of larger parts including multi-component injection, and application technologies such as coating, painting, IMD and metallization, welding and joining processes.
  • Strong technical expertise in Lighting applications and respective optical principles and material properties related to optical performance.
  • Flexibility to travel, mainly within China and Asia Pacific region (10 to 20%)


Further Information
For more information about this role you can contact

  • Mr Nicholas Schmidt  (Hiring manager) tel. +1 947 465 5269
  •   (Recruiter) tel.

Please apply with a motivation letter and CV via the SABIC career website:

Keywords: R&D, plastics, automotive, application engineering, design, lighting, ADAS, polycarbonate