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Saint-Gobain Principal Scientist-Adhesives & Sealants in NORTHBORO, Massachusetts

The Adhesives & Sealants R&D group at Saint-Gobain Research (SGR) North America is looking for a driven, talented, and experienced researcher to join our current team to conduct adhesives research from formulation to processing and industrial scale-up. The candidate should enjoy learning new technologies, problem solving, and designing innovative and sustainable solutions as part of a diverse worldwide team.

Under the direction of the Global R&D Director, the candidate will design adhesive and sealant formulations, produce lab scale samples, support pilot scale trials and scale-up trials with our manufacturing sites, and analyze experimental outcomes. The candidate should demonstrate an open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility and seeks out others to enhance and streamline development and decision making.


  • Candidate will propose or is assigned projects or programs for extension of present technology in one or more areas, including improvement and/or development of products, processes, techniques, and fundamental knowledge. Candidate defines the associated tasks and milestones for research and proposes the technical approach, cost estimates, and time schedule.

  • Manages and documents projects effectively under minimal supervision by the direct manager. Data and results to be presented in oral and written form. Includes the generation of project timelines/plans, technical memos, research reports, and presentations to internal or external customers, project teams, and/or management.

  • Manages cross-functional teams to support project objectives. Incumbent defines the associated tasks and milestones for research, and proposes the technical approach, cost estimates, and timeline.

  • Candidate will provide marketing and manufacturing support. May include application testing, lab scale sample preparation and support for pilot or manufacturing trials. May include travel to manufacturing sites or customers for support. Proactively seeks out all information needed to conduct the trials successfully and delivers the results in the form requested by the customer.


  • Technical expertise in formulation design and validation

  • In-depth understanding of polymer materials (polymer chemistry, formulation, processing, etc.) and able to apply polymer structure-property relationships to new material/product/process development.

  • Experience in polymer characterization and material property testing. Demonstrated aptitude to quickly understand new concepts and technology and apply them.

  • Experience and knowledge of silicone, polyurethane, or silane-modified polymer materials a plus

  • Manage projects from inception through scale-up. Good at problem solving, and able to break down complex problems into actionable next steps. Ability to manage multiple projects and deliver outcomes on-time and within budget.

  • Confident, motivated, self-starter. Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.

  • Excellent communicator who can communicate technically with people from a wide range of backgrounds and utilize knowledge to advance projects and identify productive synergies. Document accomplishments in clear and coherent technical reports and presentations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in HSE.




  • BS Degree with a minimum of 15+ years’ experience, or MS with 10+ years of experience, or PhD with 6+ years plus demonstrated technical judgment/accomplishments.

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in formulation design and testing of adhesives and sealants, as well as support to scale-up the manufacture of these materials is required

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.

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.