Reference : 571033

Senior Research Engineer - Bonded Abrasives

  • Research and Development
  • United States
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 07/30/2019

Position description

Saint-Gobain Research North America is looking for a driven, talented, and creative researcher to join the Bonded Abrasives R&D team. The Bonded Abrasives team develops high-performance abrasive products designed for use in a wide range of demanding applications. The Senior Research Engineer will perform R&D work in the field of organic bonded abrasives composites to support the development of innovative new products, new processes, technology transfer and scale-up, and improvements for our customers. 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 within a product platform.

The incumbent will be responsible for producing high value outputs in the following key result areas:

  • Responsible for developing new Bonded Abrasive Organic product and process technologies in-line with business goals. Close work with Manufacturing and Product Management teams in order to supply solutions to SGA customers is required.
  • Plan, conduct, and interpret laboratory, pilot, and plant based experiments independently and in partnership with other team members. Experimental design and statistical techniques will be used.
  • Support the manufacturing and field testing of experimental products. The candidate will define test parameters, gather data, interpret and report results.
  • Working in a matrix organization, the candidate will be able to communicate and interact effectively with a range of people including business, manufacturing, and research managers, process engineers, R&D engineers, technicians, and operators. 
  • Document results in clear and coherent technical reports and presentations in a manner consistent with company intellectual property procedures.


  • Bachelor with 7+ years of experience, MS with 3+ years of experience, or entry level PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related field with significant experience in polymer chemistry and engineering.
  • Expertise in formulating, processing and characterizing organic-based composites. Experience in thermosets a plus.
  • A hands-on creative problem-solving approach to product and process development.
  • Demonstrated project leadership including project management and team collaboration.
  • Well-developed analytical and statistical skills with the ability to design and interpret experiments.
  • Knowledge of abrasives and grinding science is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work effectively with different cultures and business climates.
  • Proactive commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally and flexible working hours as required for project work.

Who are we ?

Saint-Gobain Research (SGR) North America is one of Saint-Gobain’s largest industrial research laboratories. The center is home to more than 400 employees working at the leading edge of innovation on multidisciplinary industrial research, preparing the future by designing tomorrow's products and processes across an amazing variety of markets and technical disciplines. Since 1985, SGR North America has been supporting existing businesses, developing future businesses, and nurturing talent.

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