Research Engineer I - Life Cycle Assessment

Position Description

Job Summary

In the last few years, Saint-Gobain made an environmental commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and is actively building a path toward a more circular economy. To support these ambitious objectives, Saint-Gobain’s North American R&D center is looking for mission-driven, talented, and energetic entry level researchers to join our team in assessing and improving the sustainability of Saint-Gobain’s extensive product line. The new team member will split their time roughly 50/50 in (1) supporting business unit R&D teams in evaluating the environmental impact of existing and new technologies through lifecycle assessments (LCA) and identifying levers for reducing environmental impact, and (2) working in the laboratory to help develop products that are more environmentally-friendly or support sustainability-related technologies. Given the diversity and breadth of Saint-Gobain’s products, candidates will have the opportunity to gain exposure to and tackle sustainability challenges in a range of different industry sectors, from building construction to aerospace. In this cross-functional and highly collaborative role, candidates will also have the opportunity to learn from a network of sustainability experts within the company and participate in the development of training programs for R&D and operations. Come join our innovative, passionate and entrepreneurial community at Saint-Gobain on our quest to Build a Better Home!


  • Extensively utilize lifecycle assessment to analyze Saint-Gobain’s products and suggest levers and strategies for reducing their environmental impact.
  • Design and run experiments to support the development of ecofriendly products or sustainability-driven technologies (e.g. for renewable energy or electric vehicle markets).
  • Communicate results accurately and effectively to internal stakeholders and executives through formal presentations and technical reports.
  • Stay aware of sustainability-related technologies through academic and industry literature.
  • Participate in the development of training programs for R&D and external teams.
  • Work effectively within a passionate, agile, and collaborative team on a diverse set of projects.
  • Champion efforts to drive sustainability initiatives and awareness in the organization.


  • Ability to work collaborative and effectively on an agile team in a corporate environment, i.e. iterate quickly on projects, communicate effectively, and redefine path forward as relevant.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to communicate and present effectively to stakeholders and colleagues at various levels

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry
  • Mission-driven, analytical and detail-oriented, with a desire to make an impact on the environment through materials and product development.
  • Interest or prior experience in lifecycle assessment and technoeconomic assessment is required. LCACP certification a plus.
  • Experience with hands-on lab work, statistical analysis, literature review, and knowledge of HSE (health, safety, and environment) preferred.
  • Background knowledge in chemical synthesis pathways and/or process engineering a plus.
  • Background knowledge of materials for energy and sustainability (e.g. biodegradable materials, recycling technologies, renewable energy technologies and/or carbon capture) a plus.

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.

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Research Engineer I - Life Cycle Assessment

Location: Northborough

Posting Date: 09/03/2021

Job Code: 587626

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