Apple Materials Research Engineer - Soft Goods in Santa Clara Valley, California

Materials Research Engineer - Soft Goods

Job Number: 113682798

Santa Clara Valley, California, United States

Posted: 18-Apr-2018

Weekly Hours: 40.00

Job Summary

At Apple we believe our products begin with our people. By hiring a diverse team we drive creative thought. By giving that team everything they need we drive innovation. By hiring incredible engineers we drive precision. And through our collaborative process we create memorable experiences for our customers.

These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives.

The Material Research Engineer is responsible for extensive research, identification, and development of novel and sustainable chemistries and technologies for application in Softgoods products. The engineer will use their technical and industry knowledge, supplier network, publications, and research to scope creative material solutions for Softgoods products. In this role, you will work closely with the material engineering team, industrial designers and product design engineers to create a material innovation portfolio. In this role you will be responsible to develop workflows related to material characterization, material library management and data base tracking.

Key Qualifications* Experience in broad range of material categories including leather, polyurethanes, adhesives and other non-wovens.

  • Experience in techniques to create textiles and various textile constructions.

  • Ability to lead highly specialized projects.


Apple’s Softgoods Materials Engineering team is relatively new to Apple. We work with textiles, leather, silicone and soft polymers. Our mission is to use these incredible materials to enable new product categories, and to enhance Apple’s existing product lines. Bringing Apple engineering and precision to products made of soft materials is an exciting challenge and requires a creative and open minded approach.

We have a talented team of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We all work together in a beautiful customized lab where we design, engineer and develop the best Softgoods products in the world.

If this sounds like an exciting challenge, we hope you will consider a place in our team!


BS or higher in Chemical, Material, Mechanical, Textile Engineering or related field.

Additional Requirements