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Senior Research Engineer, Coated Abrasives - Job Opening ID 551451


Saint-Gobain’s North American R&D center is looking for driven, talented, and energetic researchers to join our current team.  In this position, you will join the Coated Abrasives team and lead projects for key product and application development programs.  Coated Abrasives develops innovative finishing solutions for metals, composites and wood working markets.  
You will do this through: 

  • Actively supporting key R&D projects by bringing an applications perspective to new product development.  This function includes providing leadership for testing, data analysis/synthesis, interpretation of data in terms of grinding process interactions and product design attributes, along with presentation of findings to management and colleagues. 
  • Developing application expertise through documentation, measurement and analysis of end-user applications and support for new product launches through field testing.
  • Leading projects to develop and evaluate new process measurement systems and  techniques that enhance our capability to quantitatively  describe Coated Abrasives applications, designing and executing related experiments, supervising junior engineers or technicians in the running of internal experiments and field trials, and working with product and application engineers to deploy such tools to support new product launches.
  • Collaborating with supervisor and other members of the business unit to identify and document growth opportunities for the Coated Abrasives business, writing proposals, leading related projects, or participating as the applications expert in projects led by the business unit.
  • Working with R&D colleagues and Grinding Technology Centers globally to ensure high quality internal product tests, effectively managing internal tests, and explaining test results in terms of grinding process phenomena and product failure processes.  
  • Generally supporting new product development through internal testing and test systems development (equipment, tooling, methodology, SOP’s, data management, etc).
  • Developing and maintaining expertise in technologies within the scope of work, along with related research in academia and industry.
  • Writing clear, concise technical reports and making oral presentations of studies, results and recommendations.


  • Research or industrial experience in machining, grinding, lapping/polishing of engineering materials. Knowledge of abrasive products and applications is a plus.
  • Hands-on experience with process measurement system development and use.
  • Project management skills, team collaboration, and oral and written communication skills are required.  
  • Must possess a body of technical work commensurate with years of experience including but not limited to demonstration of hands-on experimental work, familiarity with statistical tools, data analysis, and drawing conclusions based on a collection of data and interpretation. 
  • Proven project management skills, including autonomous leading of simultaneous projects and execution of associated tasks.   
  • Demonstrated adequate knowledge in HSE. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues at various levels.  
  • Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a team environment.
  • Ability to network within and outside of the group.  
  • Capability to understand company policies and corporate structure.


  • MS in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering or a closely related discipline with 3+ years of experience plus demonstrated technical judgment and accomplishments, or an entry level PhD with similar research experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to communicate with R&D and business unit management, product engineering teams, plant personnel and customers. 
  • The successful candidate should be able to solve technical problems by combining literature searches, scientific knowledge and hands-on experimental data.  



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