Reference : 588179

Research Engineer I - CT Insulation R & D

  • Research and Development
  • United States Malvern
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 10/15/2021

Position description

The Research Engineer will use state of the art laboratory equipment to provide timely testing services and accurate data for thermal insulation products and raw materials in a safe and efficient manner.  The candidate must perform all aspects of glass, raw material, physical, combustion and corrosion testing for a wide variety of insulation products and materials in accordance with CertainTeed and ASTM test methods.

The Research Engineer will work closely with the laboratory staff, plant personnel and members of various project teams within the Product Development and Support groups.  The candidate will offer solutions and suggestions in response to the testing needs.  The candidate will be responsible for providing timely test data and reports to laboratory management, product development and plant personnel.

Since the technical information generated by the Research Engineer will be used to support time-sensitive product and process development projects, this individual must be responsive to the needs of the insulation business. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Must be able to critically review test results and perform statistical analyses to support project decisions.

Essential Function and Responsibilities:

  • Testing: Perform standard and non-routine tests of products, prototypes, glass and raw materials; work on product enhancements and improvements in conjunction with Product Development Engineers; serve as a project team member.
  • Reporting: Write clear, concise and accurate laboratory reports; develop and validate Excel spreadsheets for data acquisition; provide sound statistical assessments.
  • Arrange for testing of products and raw materials that can’t be tested internally with external laboratories and critically review their test reports.
  • Safety training, calibration, maintenance, upgrading of laboratory equipment (e.g. Instron, humidity chambers; furnaces; balances, thermal testers); validate data acquisition protocols and lead 5S efforts in designated lab(s).
  • Train co-op, temporary personnel, scientists and technicians as needed to maintain testing capabilities for CertainTeed R&D.
  • Conducts research and development process improvements related to the production of Gypsum Wall Board
  • Develops and encourages innovation and Intellectual Property (IP) development and fosters IP development through the patent process with legal support.
  • Manages projects from technical concept to operational


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Ceramic or Chemical Engineering or similar with up to three years of laboratory and/or industrial experience with demonstrated competence in testing products and raw materials and an ability to evaluate building products for thermal, physical and combustion, performance. 
  • Materials testing experience using state of the art analytical laboratory instrumentation (ICP and UV/Vis), mechanical testing instruments (e.g. Instron), testing chambers and high-temperature equipment is preferred.  Test methods include ASTM (C16), ISO, Military and CertainTeed methods. 
  • Flexible, open-minded team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills, which include technical writing and documentation
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving capabilities to work effectively in corporate, manufacturing and team environments
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Who are we ?

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

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