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Saint-Gobain Senior R&D Engineer- Building Systems in NORTHBORO, Massachusetts

We are looking for a Senior R&D Engineer to join our CertainTeed Platforms Solutions Development team. In this role, you will help develop and launch new products and processes to improve the sustainability, performance, and appeal of residential and commercial buildings.

This role is part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts in building physics, engineering, materials science, industrial design, and architecture that focuses on the early-stage development of new system-based solutions for the building industry. This is accomplished through product and process research and development, specializing in new markets, advanced materials, and new construction techniques.

Our research and development team focuses on a variety of new horizon initiatives, including new interior and exterior finishes, digital tools, and building systems, all with a common goal of making buildings easier to install, more durable, and more energy efficient.

  • Led the design and building of both small- and large-scale prototypes of new building products, systems, and processes to show to both internal and external customers for feedback to iterate on solutions.-

  • Lead and navigate early-stage product iteration in both a measured and agile fashion leading to both iterative product improvements and a well-balanced product portfolio

  • Propose innovative technologies and R&D focus areas for the building industry.

  • Leverage Saint-Gobain’s expansive product portfolio and competency expertise toward high-performance building assemblies

  • Develop and document product designs, construction details, and installation processes.

  • Review and prepare calculations, drawing sets, 3D BIM (Building Information Modeling) models

  • Support product management in identifying new opportunities and developing solutions to meet customer needs.

  • Document work through preparing and reviewing reports, presentations, and patent filings.

  • Mentor both technical and non-technical members on building practices and code requirements.


  • Strong knowledge of residential building construction practices.

  • Curious, open-minded, creative problem-solving abilities with a hands-on approach to product development.

  • Knowledge of prototyping at multiple scales, including being comfortable working safely with power tools.

  • Knowledge of sustainable building practices and certifications like Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready Home Program, or Passive House (Phius).

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, and ability to adjust style and content to the audience.

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) + 12 years experience, Master of Science or Engineering (MS or MEng) + 7 years of experience, or Ph.D. + 3 years of experience in Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Building and Construction Technology, Building Science, or related fields

  • Experience working in construction, architecture, and/or engineering

  • Knowledge of residential building construction practices, including hands-on experience

  • Experience in 3D CAD (SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Rhino, etc.) and/or 3D BIM software packages (Revit, Cadwork, Vertex BD, etc.).

  • Structural engineering experience is preferred

  • Experience in prefabricated housing and the manufacturing of building components and systems (3D Modular or 2D Panelized) is preferred

  • Knowledge of building science concepts (IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality), IAQ (Indoor Air Quality), hygrothermal transfer, waterproofing, durability) is a plus.

  • Experience applying building industry standards (including ASTM, NFPA, ICC) is a plus.

  • Ability to travel 10%

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.