Reference : 563560

Senior Research Engineer - Films and Fabrics

  • Research and Development
  • United States NORTHBORO
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 12/18/2018

Position description

Saint-Gobain Research North America is looking for a driven, talented, and creative researcher to join the Films and Fabrics R&D team. The Films and Fabrics business develops a wide range of high-performance products designed for use in extreme conditions and highly-demanding applications. Reporting to a Principal Scientist, the Senior Research Engineer will perform R&D work in the field of polymeric materials and composites to support the development of innovative new products, technology transfer and scale-up, and product and process improvements. Working closely with R&D colleagues, product managers, process engineers, external customers, and the manufacturing plants, the candidate will create and execute project plans, perform lab-scale experiments and manufacturing trials, and analyze and present data. The candidate will play a role in proposing projects and programs and serve as a technical leader and mentor within the team.

The successful candidate will:

  • Utilize sound technical knowledge of materials, processes, techniques, and products to generate original ideas, develop fundamental knowledge, improve product performance, reduce costs, and optimize production processes.
  • Research and track new technical applications and competitive products and processes.
  • Participate in technical conferences, author appropriate articles/reports, and be active in professional societies.
  • Interact with R&D and Business Managers, Product Managers, Sales Managers, and customers to develop the requirements of new products/projects as well as identify new or improved technologies to meet business demands.
  • Independently manage multiple projects simultaneously, on time, with proper documentation, and within budget to meet business and customer expectations.
  • Define technical approach and milestones, conduct experiments, interpret research results, develop prototypes, and lead manufacturing trials.
  • Effectively use Gate Process methodology/ideology to guide research projects.
  • Carefully document and clearly communicate progress and results to a diverse audience.
  • Ensure that intellectual property is captured and protected through proper procedures.
  • Assist in the worldwide launch of new products and technologies.
  • Support the field testing of experimental products; define field test parameters, provide training, gather data, and interpret and report results.
  • Demonstrate an open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility. 
  • Seek out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.
  • Communicate effectively in an industrial environment and coordinate with plant operations.
  • Effectively lead cross-functional teams by managing (either directly or indirectly) others to execute and deliver project objectives.
  • Provide technical direction to technicians and equipment operators.
  • Develop an understanding of company policies and corporate structure.
  • Continually champion efforts to drive HSE environment consciousness in the organization.


  • BS Degree with a minimum of 7+ years’ experience, or MS with 3+ years of experience, or entry level PhD in Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or other related disciplines.

  • Experience with manufacturing processes/equipment in an industrial or research setting.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to communicate with the plant, with customers, and to report progress on projects.

  • The successful candidate should be able to solve technical problems by combining scientific knowledge with the output of literature searches and hands-on experimentation.

  • Must be willing to travel in the US (25-50%) for customer visits, plant support, and production trials.

  • Valid driver’s license to access remote plant locations.


Who are we ?

The Northboro R&D Center (NRDC) houses Saint-Gobain’s High-Performance Materials Group and the CertainTeed brand of building materials. This campus, located about 40 miles outside of Boston, has been a major center for materials research since 1985 with an outstanding record of achievement. The R&D Center is committed to growth through the development of proprietary products based on novel materials and process technologies. Comprising a variety of laboratories, prototyping facilities, open office space, cafeteria, fitness room, basketball court and walking trails, the NRDC campus flourishes with approximately 350 employees from over 30 different countries with a variety of scientific, technical and design disciplines.