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Research Technician - Bonded Abrasives R&D - Job Opening ID: 549175




Saint-Gobain is seeking a Research Technician to join the Bonded Abrasives team at the Northboro Research and Development Center (NRDC). You will perform advanced, specialized technical functions involving testing, analyzing, improving, installing, operating and solving problems concerning complex processes, equipment and products for assigned areas.


You will primarily focus on laboratory experiments for Bonded Abrasives at NRDC and pilot scale trails at the Worcester plant to help develop new organic composite products. Typical activities and a representative breakdown of job responsibilities are below:


  • Prepares/processes material samples including:
    • Active involvement in standard and exploratory experimental design,
    • Routine laboratory activity to make or prep materials and test samples
    • Development work with non-routine R&D assignments such as design of fixtures for experimental set-up and establishing proper data acquisition system
  • Collects, analyzes and reports scientific & engineering data obtained from laboratory equipment through an effective plan/coordination. Performs data analysis and present results and maintain laboratory notebook.
  • Maintain laboratories and equipment including set-up, operation and trouble shooting of experimental equipment or instruments. Leads troubleshooting initiatives and machine repair efforts.
  • Other duties in the department or site-wide committees as assigned.


  • Hands-on experience in general laboratory and manufacturing tasks including proper chemical handling.
  • Capability to use personal computer and Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel and Word, is a must. Able to graph and chart data.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health and safety operations
  • Ability to work with a diverse project team in an open and collaborative mode
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Occasional lifting may be required.
  • Previous knowledge on use of mechanical and thermal characterization equipment (preferred).


  • High school diploma, or demonstrated equivalent, with 0-5 years’ experience
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize and maintain complex production equipment
  • Experience in a lab environment demonstrating attention to details and observational skills.


Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies, for energy efficiency and for environmental protection. Saint-Gobain is a welcoming, solid, open-minded company that offers long-term career opportunities. Our company is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, and a leader in the production of high-performance materials, operating in 66 countries. Saint-Gobain was founded in 1665 and is headquartered in Paris, France. The company had sales of $ 39.6 billion in 2015 and employs more than 170,000 people worldwide.



Saint-Gobain’s High-Performance Materials Group is a dynamic, global business with research and development activities centered in Northboro, Massachusetts (NRDC). The Northboro operation has been a major center for materials research since 1985. We have an outstanding record of achievement, and are committed to growth through the development of proprietary products based on novel materials and process technologies. The 186,000-square-foot R&D Center is based in three buildings on a 26- acre site near I-290 in Northboro and has approximately 350 employees from 30 different countries.



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