Senior Research Technician - Organic Grinding Wheels

Position Description

Job Summary

Saint-Gobain Abrasives is the world’s leading manufacturer of abrasives, offering powerful, precise and user friendly solutions enabling customers to shape and surface-finish all types of materials even in the most complex and challenging applications across a diverse range of markets.

Saint-Gobain Research North America is looking for a full-time Senior Research Technician to join our growing Organic Grinding Wheel Abrasives team.  The main responsibilities include supporting product development, process development, testing, and other activities supporting engineers on specific topics.    The ideal candidate should have a solid background in basic lab practices including: lab safety procedures, chemical and material handling, proper cleaning procedures and a familiarity with operating lab equipment.   Hands-on, attention to detail and collaborative are critical for this position.

The Senior Research Technician performs moderately complex activities and/or product development activities with minimal supervision. He/she works with engineers and customers in solving related problems.   In addition, this position may also perform advanced specialized technical functions involving testing, analyzing, improving, installing, operating and/or solving problems concerning complex processes, equipment and products for assigned areas.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Supports projects for engineers and scientists by carrying out experiments assigned using a mixture of R&D and manufacturing equipment, including material mixing, molding, cutting and testing.
  • Assists pilot validation and production trials. Communicates potential problems with plants or equipment to other team members.
  • Collects data and takes detailed notes on trials, processes, and practices performed
  • Maintains laboratories and equipment including set-up, operation and troubleshooting of experimental equipment or instruments. Leads troubleshooting initiatives and machine repair efforts.
  • Must be mechanically inclined and familiar with heavy duty operations such as moving tools, molds and working around presses.
  • Works effectively as an individual with supervision, as well as side-by-side with other team members.
  • Demonstrates an easy-going, level-headed, and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.


Required Qualifications

  • Associates degree in an engineering, technical, or science related field (or demonstrated equivalent) with 4-7 years of experience.
  • Observational skills, and ability to carefully follow standard operating procedures. Experience operating and/or troubleshooting equipment or processes
  • The successful candidate will have a history of continuously improving operations in his/her areas of responsibility, cross-training and flexibility to meet changing team needs. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills are needed to document work in a lab notebook, write test reports or SOPs, and to provide project updates.
  • Capability to use personal computer and Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel and Word, is a must. Able to graph and chart data is a plus.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health and safety standards
  • Motivated and self-driven

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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Senior Research Technician - Organic Grinding Wheels

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 06/15/2022

Job Code: USA02628

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