Senior R&D co-worker Pulp & Shaping
I work as a Pulp Characterization Specialist at Teijin Aramid. This is a relatively abstract job title, but it basically means that people from various projects approach me with questions about pulp characterization. These questions can come from one of our production sites or from one of our clients. In practice, however, my job involves much more than pulp characterization alone, which is starting to play an increasingly minimal role. Most of my time is currently spent on two projects, both in the field of product development. One focuses on the development of a new type of pulp, the other on Twaron paper.
Our clients not only come to us for testing, they may also require literature reviews. We carefully formulate the objectives with the client and then draft an action plan. Tests are carried out either internally or externally at universities and institutes, in consultation with the client. If we require specific expertise or a different perspective, we also consult with other departments in our research organization. What I love about my job is the combination of diverse assignments, short-term factory support and the continuous development of the production process.
In terms of the future, I’d love to move towards a project management position; something that’s now in the works. In the months to come, I’ll be focusing on taking courses and gaining experience in this area. This is also a busy time for me privately speaking as I have an eighteen-month-old daughter at home and twins on the way. I’ll definitely have to make time for my family, but finding a balance between your work and home life is easy to do at Teijin Aramid.