Research Engineer I - Wet Coatings

Position Description

Job Summary

The Wet Coatings Team works closely with Saint-Gobain’s various business units to improve production processes, solve problems, and develop new products. The candidate will be expected to design and execute experiments, analyze results, and present the findings in both written and oral formats in the areas of coating formulations, mixing, pumping, fluid handling, web handling, industrial automation, and/or coating & drying processes. While not expected to be an expert in all these areas, the candidate must be able to research and understand new areas of process technology quickly. The projects will be executed by laboratory experiments, pilot production tools at the R&D center, and scale-up in collaboration with our manufacturing sites. The candidate should enjoy learning, problem solving, and potentially designing new processes and process technologies.

Under the direction of the group leader, the candidate will formulate coatings, produce lab scale samples, operate pilot scale coating equipment, assist plant trials, and analyze the experimental outcomes. In addition to designing experiments for the candidate’s primary projects, the candidate will be expected to conduct experiments to support projects led by others. The candidate should demonstrate an open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility and seeks out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.



  • Knowledge of organic chemistry and/or polymer materials science
  • Ability to work independently on several projects simultaneously
  • This individual will be expected to run their own experiments or guide technician run experiments to further technology understanding, develop product prototype, and support pilot scale processes and ensure correlation of lab and pilot processes into manufacturing processes.
  • Working in a matrix organization, the candidate must possess oral and written communication skills to interact effectively with people from a wide range of background including business, manufacturing, research, engineering, technicians, and operators.
  • Document accomplishments in clear and coherent technical reports and presentations.
  • Possess a mind set for the value of proper and safe handling of chemicals and the environment.
  • Experience with Microsoft office suite is required.
  • Industrial experience in coatings, formulations, design of experiments, process scale-up, and roll to roll processing is a plus.
  • Experience with programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, R, VBA, Labview, etc.) is a plus.
  • Experience with process automation and control is a plus.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or other related disciplines 

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 Engineer I - Wet Coatings

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 01/11/2022

Job Code: USA00854

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