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R&D Intern - Summer 2024, San Diego, CA

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R&D Intern - Summer 2024, San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA
  • Responsibilities

    Job Summary

    If you want to discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

    We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe. We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us.

    As an R&D Intern, your primary responsibility will be to provide essential support to our Research & Development Engineering team, focusing particularly on refining and enhancing our existing formulations. This multifaceted role encompasses various aspects of wet chemistry-based research and development, including formulating novel compounds, conducting thorough testing procedures, and analyzing results for both automotive and architectural films.

    Your tasks will involve collaborating closely with seasoned engineers and researchers to delve into the intricacies of formulation enhancement. This will entail hands-on experimentation, utilizing wet chemistry techniques to explore new chemical compositions and refine existing ones. Through meticulous testing protocols, you will assess the performance characteristics of these formulations, ensuring they meet stringent quality and performance standards required for automotive and architectural applications.

    In addition to supporting ongoing projects, you will actively contribute to the development of new formulations tailored to meet specific product requirements and market demands. This may involve researching cutting-edge technologies, identifying innovative ingredients, and optimizing formulation parameters to achieve desired properties such as durability, adhesion, and optical clarity.

    Your role extends beyond laboratory experimentation to encompass comprehensive data analysis and documentation. You will meticulously record experimental procedures, observations, and outcomes, generating detailed reports to communicate findings effectively to the broader R&D team. By meticulously documenting your work, you will contribute valuable insights that inform future research directions and decision-making processes.

    Overall, this internship presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the dynamic field of research and development within the realm of film technologies. Through hands-on experience and collaboration with industry experts, you will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of formulation science while playing a pivotal role in driving innovation and advancement within our organization.

    Required Qualifications

    • Enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. program in Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Ceramics, Design, Data Science, or related technical fields, demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and professional development.
    • Possess a creative problem-solving mindset coupled with a hands-on approach, allowing for innovative solutions to complex challenges and a proactive approach to tasks and projects.
    • Proficient in data analysis and report writing, capable of translating technical findings into clear, concise reports that effectively communicate insights and conclusions.
    • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, enabling effective collaboration within multidisciplinary teams and efficient management of tasks and priorities.
    • Demonstrated commitment to safety, adhering to established protocols and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for oneself and fellow team members, contributing to a culture of safety and accountability.
    • Previous research or internship experience is advantageous, providing valuable exposure to laboratory practices, research methodologies, and project management principles, although not required.

    Additional Description

    Certain states require pay information be provided in job postings. Saint-Gobain aims to deliver a comprehensive Total Rewards package to support our employees’ wellbeing and help improve daily life for themselves and their families. We believe in the importance of pay transparency in what we offer prospective candidates and provide the pay rate for this position which is $25-$27 per hour.

    Company Summary

    Saint-Gobain’s innovations touch almost every major industry around the world, Composite Systems is comprised of three business units including Films & Fabrics, Tape Solutions and Thin Films. Our ambition is to provide innovative solutions that combine material science, processing technology and design to save energy, provide protection, improve comfort, and give peace-of-mind to our customers. Our unique performance is delivered by passionate people, empowered to collaborate closely with our customers and solve their toughest challenges.

    Our team members recognize that we all create the environment for people to succeed, with a culture built on respect, open and honest communication, and honoring our commitments to our customers and each other. And at the heart of our culture, we’ve learned working together makes good ideas, great ones.

    With a legacy dating back more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain offers employees the stability and security of a leading Global 500 corporation while operating like multiple small and agile start-ups, where entrepreneurial spirit, pioneering teamwork, and bold, forward-thinking ideas pave new paths.

    Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users. At Saint-Gobain, you’re empowered and equipped with countless opportunities and resources for professional development. You will find the support you need to create a vision and roadmap for your career, and make that vision a reality.

    Join Us at Saint-Gobain Composites, and together, let’s protect what matters most!

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    Legal Statement

    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.

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  • About Us

    Saint-Gobain is an industry leader with thousands of talented team members who are dedicated to one unified purpose: We bring well being to people by creating great living spaces and improving daily life. You’ll find us wherever people live, work, play, move and heal. Driven by people with unique ideas and a passion for excellence, our businesses manufacture world-class products for a broad range of engaging industries.