Senior Research Engineer I – Transport Phenomena

Position Description

Job Summary

The Data & Engineering Solutions group is looking for a research engineer with expertise in the field of transport phenomena to join them within the Competency Research Labs at Saint-Gobain Research North America located in Northboro, MA. The Data & Engineering Solutions group works closely with Saint-Gobain’s various business units and translates data and foundational knowledge in applied mathematics, metrology, programming, and mechanical systems to tailored physical and digital solutions.


This position is looking for a driven, talented, and energetic researcher to perform hands-on experimental measurements and to develop analytical and numerical models in the field of transport phenomena for the development and improvement of products and processes. The candidate will take project objectives and transform them into actionable tasks including research of technologies, design and execution of experiments and models, analysis of results, and generation of technical reports and presentations.


  • Lead multiple projects in the transport phenomena field to which you are assigned. The projects may be related to the development of competencies and to the internal dissemination of knowledge and information, or directly driven by needs expressed by Saint-Gobain businesses. Projects are managed effectively with minimal supervision by a technical leader.
  • Elaborate projects’ scientific strategy, goals and deliverables with minimum guidance.
  • Identify and, when relevant, partner with internal competencies and/or universities to advance projects and develop competencies.
  • Summarize projects’ approach and results in concise and accurate technical memos.
  • Communicate projects’ strategy and results to internal customers and management through formal presentations.
  • Demonstrate open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility and seek out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.
  • Champion efforts to drive HSE initiatives and consciousness in the organization.
  • Ensuring that projects are successfully conducted using a standard project management approach.
  • Being part of a dynamic R&D center, staying aware of new technologies, methods, and solutions relevant to Saint-Gobain’s product, process, and material needs.



  • Ability to proactively interact with internal customers to:
    • Clearly define their needs.
    • Reach a consensus on projects’ strategy, goals, and deliverables.
  • Ability to autonomously conduct order-of-magnitude analyses to identify major transport phenomena and simplify analyses to the relevant physics.
  • Ability to design, set up, and conduct relevant lab experiments with minimum guidance.
  • Ability to establish long term and short term projects’ scientific strategy and goals with minimum guidance.
  • Proficiency with CFD software such as Ansys Fluent, Comsol, or any other simulation package.
  • Proficiency with Matlab or other numerical computing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to write concise and accurate technical documents and give strong technical presentations to a wide variety of audience.
  • Experience with transport phenomena related sensors (example: thermocouples, infrared cameras, heat flux sensors, flow meters).
  • Experience in the development of finite volume, finite difference, or finite element codes to numerically solve relevant governing equations.
  • Proven ability to efficiently interface with various departments and to get things done by leveraging multiple teams.

Required Qualifications

  • BS degree with a minimum of 7+ years’ industry experience, MS with 3+ years’ experience, or an entry level candidate with an PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to communicate with all levels of management, customers, colleagues, and external partners.
  • Experience in the development of experimental and numerical approaches to solve transport phenomena problems.
  • Demonstrated technical judgments/accomplishments, project leadership, & team

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 Engineer I – Transport Phenomena

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 11/14/2022

Job Code: USA03670

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