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Senior Research Engineer - Films and Fabrics

Saint-Gobain Research North America is looking for a driven, talented, and creative researcher to join the Films and Fabrics R&D team. The Films and Fabrics business develops a wide range of high-performance products designed for use in extreme conditions and highly-demanding applications. Reporting to a Principal Scientist, the Senior Research Engineer will perform R&D work in the field of polymeric materials and composites to support the development of innovative new products, technology transfer and scale-up, and product and process improvements. Working closely with R&D colleagues, product managers, process engineers, external customers, and the manufacturing plants, the candidate will create and execute project plans, perform lab-scale experiments and manufacturing trials, and analyze and present data. The candidate will play a role in proposing projects and programs and serve as a technical leader and mentor within the team.
The successful candidate will:
+ Utilize sound technical knowledge of materials, processes, techniques, and products to generate original ideas, develop fundamental knowledge, improve product performance, reduce costs, and optimize production processes.
+ Research and track new technical applications and competitive products and processes.
+ Participate in technical conferences, author appropriate articles/reports, and be active in professional societies.
+ Interact with R&D and Business Managers, Product Managers, Sales Managers, and customers to develop the requirements of new products/projects as well as identify new or improved technologies to meet business demands.
+ Independently manage multiple projects simultaneously, on time, with proper documentation, and within budget to meet business and customer expectations.
+ Define technical approach and milestones, conduct experiments, interpret research results, develop prototypes, and lead manufacturing trials.
+ Effectively use Gate Process methodology/ideology to guide research projects.
+ Carefully document and clearly communicate progress and results to a diverse audience.
+ Ensure that intellectual property is captured and protected through proper procedures.
+ Assist in the worldwide launch of new products and technologies.
+ Support the field testing of experimental products; define field test parameters, provide training, gather data, and interpret and report results.
+ Demonstrate an open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility.
+ Seek out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.
+ Communicate effectively in an industrial environment and coordinate with plant operations.
+ Effectively lead cross-functional teams by managing (either directly or indirectly) others to execute and deliver project objectives.
+ Provide technical direction to technicians and equipment operators.
+ Develop an understanding of company policies and corporate structure.
+ Continually champion efforts to drive HSE environment consciousness in the organization.
+ BS Degree with a minimum of 7+ years? experience, or MS with 3+ years of experience, or entry level PhD in Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or other related disciplines.
+ Experience with manufacturing processes/equipment in an industrial or research setting.
+ Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to communicate with the plant, with customers, and to report progress on projects.
+ The successful candidate should be able to solve technical problems by combining scientific knowledge with the output of literature searches and hands-on experimentation.
+ Must be willing to travel in the US (25-50%) for customer visits, plant support, and production trials.
+ Valid driver?s license to access remote plant locations.
Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, 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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