Senior Research Technician- Grinding & Finishing Technologies

Position Description

Job Summary

The Senior Research Technician safely 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.


  • Conduct experiments in the areas of finishing, grinding, machining, tribology, and metrology on a variety of machines and a variety of materials including metals, polymers, and ceramics.
  • Work with project leaders to develop new test methods, improve existing techniques, and update and create SOPs. 
  • Work with engineers and internal customers to collaborate on the design of special fixtures & tooling.
  • Use electronic data acquisition and metrology tools, such as micrometers and surface profilometers, to collect process information. 
  • Record test and measurement data.   
  • Perform preliminary statistical data analysis and present results.  
  • Maintain laboratory equipment including set-up, operation, and troubleshooting of experimental equipment or instruments.   Lead troubleshooting initiatives and machine repair efforts.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on equipment

Required Qualifications

  • Associate degree in an engineering, technical, or science-related field or in lieu of degree demonstrated equivalent knowledge with 4-7 years of experience.
  • Work experience with various equipment such as complex assembly and processing or test equipment with CN/CNC & PLC controls, and/or lathes, milling machines, grinders, and other finishing machines.
  • Ability to read blueprints. 
  • Experience in Microsoft products including Excel
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, SOLID Works, and other CAD/CAM systems is desired.

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- Grinding & Finishing Technologies

Location: Northboro, Massachusetts

Posting Date: 03/16/2023

Job Code: USA05367

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