Sr Coating Research Engineer - Coating Development

Position Description

Job Summary

We are looking for a new team-member for the R&D department at SageGlass. We focus on fundamental understanding of electrochromic devices, next generation process/product and process improvement. Our R&D team is dynamic, multi-functional and multi-cultural. We work closely not only with our manufacturing colleagues, who are based right next door, but also our Saint-Gobain R&D colleagues all over the world.

As a Senior Coating Research Engineer you would be responsible for leading and supporting research on next generation processes and products, as well as further built a fundamental understanding of electrochromic devices. Electrochromic devices are complex, as their functioning relies on the optical and electrochemical properties of the layers and the processing conditions used to create the stack. Understanding the relationship between the sputtering process, materials properties and the final product performance will be your key focus to guide next generation processes or product design. Experience with thin film process development, especially magnetron sputtering and characterization is preferred. Knowledge of materials science and device physics, preferably in the semiconductor or battery field, is desired. You will be expected to shape and manage projects, design and execute experiments on pilot and industrialized coaters, coordinate with manufacturing team, analyze samples and share results. The ability to lead cross-functional team (including global team) is also key for the success of this role.

You would freely collaborate with your global colleagues and openly share ideas and results. If you feel drawn towards a dynamic work place and helping to bring a very new technology into the world, then Sage R&D might be the right place for you!

Duties / Responsibilities:

Experimental Research:

Plan, define, and execute a research program on advanced electro chromic materials for SAGE glass including:
Experimental work at SAGE

  • Coordinate with pilot coater team on experimental thin film sample preparation on new materials, process studies etc.
  • Coordinate with production any experiments on industrial line to assure transferability of any new solution.
  • Setup experimental in-house characterization as well as external analysis

Establish adequate reporting of project advances and documentation of results.

Strong collaboration within R&D team required.

Project management

Drive new process/new product development project from concept to industrialization; Lead cross-functional teams including R&D, Marketing, Operations and etc.

External collaborations/ scientific networking

Follow relevant scientific work to field of Electro chrome materials, propose and setup required external collaboration for SAGE. 

Patent management – follow up any potential solutions in respect of freedom to use as well as assuring that relevant IP protection is obtained by SAGE for newly identified solutions. 


Required Qualifications

  • PhD in material science, electrical engineering, physics or electrochemistry with outstanding academic records, specialization in device and/or semiconductor physics or masters with relevant experience
  • Deep understanding of thin film design and magnetron sputtering process and with the ability to propose and demonstrate novel solutions to improve the performance of existing technology and process
  • Strong background in material characterization. Additional experience in electrochemistry or structural characterization desired.
  • Experience in semiconductor research, thin film deposition techniques, durability test & mechanical properties of thin films is a strong plus.
  • Be able to design experiments (DOE), execute on the experiment, analyze data and present the results to both technical and non-technical audiences; experienced with project management.
  • Ability to lead cross functional team (including global team) is a strong plus
  • We are looking for a great team-player who is open in sharing information and knowledge
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required

A strong scientific leadership is required to fill this position. Especially, the deepened understanding of magnetron sputtering, thin film property in combination with electronic understanding of SAGE devices may permit to prepare a next generation manufacturing process and more efficient electrochromic glazing responding to the improved requirements on aesthetics and device performance.

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration. Focusing on the intersection of people, innovation and purpose, Saint-Gobain helps to address the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow – offering employees the opportunity to invent themselves and reshape the world.

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Sr Coating Research Engineer - Coating Development

Location: Faribault

Posting Date: 09/29/2021

Job Code: 587945

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