Senior Research Engineer- Polymer Material

Position Description

Job Summary

We are searching for an experienced, hands-on project leader to investigate, research, and develop new technologies that strengthen our offerings. The qualified candidate will have knowledge of material science and engineering, experience with polymer materials and soft matters. The new team member will have the opportunity to leverage their engineering and materials expertise by leading their projects from the initial stages of conceptualization, prototyping, and experimental testing, to the implementation in manufacturing. Projects will focus on process and product development activities and follow a Gate-based methodology with a focus on design/change control.

The selected candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects through effective collaboration with R&D colleagues, commercial team members, application engineers, external customers, and external suppliers. The candidate will take project objectives and transform them into actionable tasks including research of technologies, design, and execution of experiments, analysis of results, present findings in written and oral formats, and generation of IP and technical reports. The ability to communicate across all levels of the organization will be essential for this role in order to influence others and drive projects.

The main job duties will include:

  • Manages projects from inception through scale-up. Manages multiple projects simultaneously, on time, well documented, and within budget. Is able to balance creativity with process and documentation.
  • Extensively utilizes research and/or project experiences and broad expertise of polymer materials to improve on/or develop products and processes.
  • Understands Gate Process and Change/Design Control methodology/ideology and utilizes and incorporates it in projects. 
  • Utilizes broad technical background and experience to develop and/or improve products, processes, and performance and/or reduce costs within a major product area. 
  • Stays aware of new technology applications and competitive uses of same in work with materials, products and processes, and in development of new knowledge.


  • Demonstrated project management skills, team collaboration, and oral, written and visual communication skills. 
  • Ability to network/communicate within and out of the group, as well as across disciplines.
  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with their years of experience including but not limited to: demonstration of hands-on new product and/or process development, familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of basic data and interpretation. 
  • Confident, independently-motivated self-starter. 
  • Demonstrated aptitude to quickly understand new concepts and technology and apply them. • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment required.
  • Develop the ability to maintain composure and organize teams in high-pressure situations.
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge in HSE.
  • Hands-on experience with polymeric materials, material characterization, and surface science in a research or industrial setting is required.
  • Laboratory experience with fluoropolymers is strongly preferred. 


Required Qualifications

  • BS Degree with a minimum of 7+ years’ experience, or MS with 3+ years of experience, or entry-level Ph.D. in Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Plastics/Polymer Science and Engineering, or other related disciplines. 
  • Experience with soft materials, material characterization, and surface science is required.
  • Experience with fluoropolymers (e.g. synthesis, processing, and characterization) is a plus.
  • Laboratory experience in the areas of surface modification, surface chemistry, and rheology is 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.

Legal Statement

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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Senior Research Engineer- Polymer Material

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 11/22/2021

Job Code: USA00049

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