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YTC AMERICA INC. (A YAZAKI GROUP COMPANY) YTC America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Yazaki Corporation, Japan, is inviting applications for the position of Director, Materials R&D. Yazaki Corporation is a multinational company engaged in design, engineering and manufacturing of automotive parts such as wire harnesses, harness components, instrumentation clusters for multiple types of automobiles. Yazaki has substantial presence in various countries and regions of the world to support automotive OEMs’. In addition to the automotive group, Yazaki Energy Systems Corporation, another group company, focuses on energy related equipment / system development and manufacturing. The total revenue of Yazaki group in 2012 exceeded US $12.0 billion. Yazaki Technology Center (YTC), Susono, Japan is the corporate R&D center supporting technology development needs for Yazaki group worldwide. YTC America (YTCA), operating in California from 1992, is the first R&D center for Yazaki group outside of Japan. YTCA is responsible for developing leading edge technology to support Yazaki current business sectors and also to create new business opportunities. Company typically engages in longer term R&D themes, starting from fundamental research in a chosen field and transitioning to application specific R&D activities. YTCA is active in the field of nanotechnology (carbon nanotubes, optical thin films, organic-inorganic hybrids), EMI shielding, biopolymers, metal-matrix composites, etc., and has developed a number of commercially successful products. Whereas the company has always been funded internally and will continue its operation mostly that way, future aim is also to compete selectively for research grants from US Government agencies for the purpose of establishing a professional network and creating technology commercialization opportunities. Job Responsibilities: • Managing multiple R&D projects in diverse fields of materials science • Conceptualizing and proposing new R&D themes • Providing idea leadership to scientists in solving challenging technical problems • Providing leadership to scientists in transitioning from basic research to development of commercially feasible products and processes • Ensuring high quality results • Reporting R&D results to a global audience of high level executives • Budgetary planning and management • Preparing research proposals for funding from US Government agencies • Interacting with technical staff of Yazaki international group companies Expected Profile: • Ph.D. in Materials Science or related technical discipline with a minimum of 10 years of experience in R&D project management • Dynamic, motivated, and entrepreneurial with strong leadership qualities • Ability to conceptualize and develop new R&D proposals – present proposals at high level executive meet- ings for approvals • Well-structured, logical, timely and systematic working methods • Experienced in managing a team of technical staff with advanced technical degrees in multiple disciplines • Experienced in providing guidance to technical staff in solving challenging problems • Objective but demanding with evaluation of staff performance • Experienced in securing funding from US Government funding agencies • Experienced with technology licensing and collaborations • Ability to interact with people of different countries and culture with patience and sensitivity to complete tasks effectively • US Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Cardholder) Interested applicants should forward a cover letter outlining research management expertise, career interest plus a resume with full list of patents and publications by mail to Mrs. Linda Cohen, Manager HR, YTC America Inc., 3401 Calle Tecate, Camarillo, California 93012, or, by e-mail to lcohen@ytca.com YTCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6 | www.ceramics.org 53


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