Senior Research Engineer II

Position Description

Job Summary

The Senior Research Engineer is expected to be an expert in the fields of binders and additives for insulation as well as insulation products structure or performance. He/she will use fundamental scientific and engineering knowledge to lead projects for plant support, product improvement and new products development.


Technical expertise on binders /additives for insulation products

Develop fundamental and practical expertise of binders and additives for insulation products. This includes:

    • Binder/additives chemistry and raw materials,
    • Binder curing process,
    • Interaction of binders/additives with glass fibers
  • Use the knowledge on binders to develop our understanding of the relation between insulation product structure and product performance
  • When needed, develop and implement new lab methods
  • Collaborate with other Saint Gobain research centers to share and improve Saint Gobain global expertise on binders, additives and insulation products.
  • Innovate / file new declarations of inventions
  • Update internal raw material and products specifications

Plant support : Provide expertise around binders to support plants on any issue related to insulation products, binders or additives. Use data science tools and methods to analyze plant process and use those results to give recommendations to plants teams to improve product quality or process efficiency

Product development

  • Collaborate with product management team to develop new products book of specifications
  • Organize trials for new products development: define trial objectives, organize trial, collect and analyze data, summarize results in a report …
  • Organize and follow measurements for products qualification with 3rd party labs
  • Follow and ensure product compliance with US and international standards
  • Support to purchasing and IP

Sustainability and CO2 reduction

  • Include CO2/sustainability objectives in all projects
  • Work in collaboration with other teams to help Saint Gobain to reach its CO2/sustainability objectives

Leadership and Project Management

  • Be a top project leader:
    • Have an “entrepreneur” / “can do” attitude
    • Give clear objectives and directions to reach the objective
    • Track and ensure project execution
    • Propose solutions to any difficulty
    • Frequently communicate with internal customers, particularly to share project status before they ask for an update
    • Deliver tangible results in a timely manner
  • Be a creative, innovative thinker with the ability to solve critical business problems
  • Demonstrate leadership through personal impact to projects and through influence to others
  • Demonstrate the capability to work independently, to stay organized while assuming multiple responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate strong technical report writing ability, publications, and IP disclosures
  • Display excellent communication skills (written and oral), reducing complex concepts into a presentations or reports that can be explained clearly.
  • Strong attention to details and can work independently or as part of a team.

Required Qualifications


  • BS Degree with a minimum of 12+ years experience, or MS with 7+ years of experience, or PhD with 3+ years of relevant experience in Material Science or Organic/Inorganic Chemical Engineering.
  • Experience in data analytics / big data science is a plus.

Company Summary

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

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 II

Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania

Posting Date: 03/06/2023

Job Code: USA04581

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