Research Technician - Coated Abrasives

Position Description

Job Summary

The Research Technician safely performs technical functions involving testing, analyzing, improving, installing, operating, and/or solving problems concerning processes, equipment and products.The selected candidate will be joining the Coated Abrasives R&D group in a position based in Northboro (MA, USA).


  • Supports engineers and scientists in the Coated Abrasives’ R&D team with their projects.
  • Executes and/or supports commercial and manufacturing support requests.
  • Manages and documents projects and tasks effectively with supervision.
  • Plays contributing role in lab management: safety, equipment maintenance, 5S, lab audit preparation and action follow-up, lab postings, regular equipment checks etc.
  • Demonstrates open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.
  • Conducts hands-on experimental work with documentation as appropriate.
  • Prepares/processes materials samples including:
    - Active involvement in standard and exploratory experiment design,
    - Routine laboratory activity to make or prep materials and test samples,
    - Development work with non-routine R&D assignments such as design of fixtures for experimental set-up and establishing proper data acquisition.
  • Collects, analyzes and reports scientific and engineering data obtained from laboratory equipment through an effective plan/coordination. 
  • Maintain laboratories and equipment including set-up, operation and trouble shooting of experimental equipment or instruments, raw materials inventory and 5S.  Leads troubleshooting initiatives and machine repair efforts.  Interacts with facilities and outside contractors for machine and equipment repairs.
  • Other duties within the department as assigned including ordering and receiving raw materials and participation in regular onsite safety meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED (demonstrated equivalent) or Associates degree in engineering, technical, or science-related field (preferred) 
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with reporting software such as Microsoft word and excel
  • Demonstrated hands-on experimental work history
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health and safety operations
  • Ability to work with a diverse project team in an open and collaborative mode
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently

Company Summary

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.

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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Research Technician - Coated Abrasives

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 01/05/2022

Job Code: USA00779

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