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Saint-Gobain Senior Research Engineer- Ceramic Materials in NORTHBORO, Massachusetts

Start your career at Saint-Gobain in a cross-functional environment, supporting multiple Ceramic Materials businesses and building connections between talented Ceramics R&D teams, then find your fit and a long-term role in one of those teams. Saint-Gobain employs over 300 researchers at its North American Research Center located in Northboro, MA, across multiple businesses. Specifically for Ceramic Materials, over 40 researchers in 5 teams conduct research and development on refractory materials and designed grains and powders that serve numerous industries, as well as exciting new products for decarbonization and energy-efficient solutions. Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials is looking for a researcher with experience in ceramics processing and experience/interest in thermomechanical and/or transport modeling to join Ceramics R&D.

The selected candidate, reporting to an on-site R&D Director, will spend an initial period (from 6 to 24 months) working on a mix of overarching and business-specific ceramics topics, learning from experienced research staff. Projects may include formulation, mixing/forming/firing process, and test method development, as well as implementation support at manufacturing facilities. In addition, projects may include finite element modeling, whereby manufacturing processes used to make products or the surface conditions to which products will be exposed are simulated. There are experienced modeling resources at the Northboro facility, and the intent is to grow this capability, with a focus on ceramics processing and performance.

The selected candidate is expected to deliver independent results on assigned projects while successfully integrating in a matrix organization. As such, the candidate must have demonstrated experience in conventional ceramics processing. This includes some aspects of particle characterization and processing, mixing, forming techniques, and thermal processes like curing, drying, and sintering. Experience in some aspects of statistical methods, data analysis, and coding/modeling is also required. Modeling may focus on heat transfer and thermomechanical stresses and viscoelastic response in elevated temperature systems, transport phenomenon in filtration or catalysis, and fluid dynamics in molten or suspension systems.


The selected candidate will be expected to lead R&D projects through effective collaboration with R&D colleagues, commercial team members, external customers, and external suppliers. The candidate will create and execute project plans, design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and present findings in written and oral formats.

The main job duties will include:

  • Management of multiple projects from inception through scale-up, with minimum supervision. Manages multiple projects simultaneously, on time, well documented, and within budget.

  • Use of research and/or project experiences and broad expertise of ceramic materials to improve on/or develop products and processes.

  • Apply a stage-gate approach to project decisions.

  • Utilize technical background and experience to develop and/or improve products, processes, and performance and/or reduce costs within a major product area.

  • Identify and, when relevant, partner with internal partners to advance projects and develop competencies.

  • Summarize projects’ approach and results in concise and accurate technical memos, reports, and presentations.

  • Champion health, safety, and environmental initiatives and consciousness in the organization.

  • Integrate into a dynamic R&D center, staying aware of innovative technologies, methods, and solutions relevant to Saint-Gobain’s product, process, and material needs.



  • BS degree with a minimum of 7+ years’ industry experience, MS with 3+ years’ experience, or an entry-level candidate with a PhD in Ceramic, Materials, Chemical, or similar Engineering/Science discipline.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate with all levels of management, customers, researcher and manufacturing plant staff colleagues, and external partners.

  • Experience in ceramics processing or service.

  • Experience in the use of experimental and numerical approaches to solve engineering problems.


  • Ability to proactively interact with internal customers to:

  • Clearly define their needs.

  • Reach a consensus on project’s strategy, goals, and deliverables.

  • Ability to design, set up, and conduct relevant lab experiments with minimum guidance.

  • Ability to establish projects’ scientific strategy and goals with minimum guidance.

  • Proficiency with FEA and/or CFD software or other simulation packages.

  • Proficiency with Matlab or other numerical computing environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to write concise and accurate technical documents and give strong technical presentations to a wide variety of audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently interface with various departments and to achieve goals by leveraging multiple teams.

  • Excellent oral and written communication of goals, timings, and results.

  • Demonstrate an open and collaborative approach in all areas of responsibility and seek out others to enhance and streamline development and decision-making.

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.