Research Engineer
USG - Libertyville, IL

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The Company

USG is North America's leading producer of building materials, which include gypsum wallboard, cement boards, joint compound, and a vast array of related products. We are also the global leader in the manufacture of ceiling suspension systems and are recognized as the premier acoustical panel and specialty ceiling systems innovator. Our family of products provides creative building solutions that set new standards for productivity and efficiency, helping contractors and architects deliver high quality and innovative designs. USG Corporate Innovation Center is located in Libertyville, IL, 40 miles NW of Chicago.

The Position

Reporting to the Lab Director, the Researcher Engineer is responsible for the design, execution and implementation of projects in support of the operations of the Gypsum Panel Laboratory. He/she will also work closely with other senior researchers and technologists to support existing business as well as develop new products and platforms in areas of formulation and process improvements. Skills and experience in cross-functional team environments are desired.

The ideal candidate will:
Be passionate about developing technology and products that are the highest quality in their class

Be energized by working for a world-class manufacturer and collaborating on cross-functional teams

Recognize the importance of building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships

Familiar with high throughput industrial manufacturing processes

Key Responsibilities

Performing laboratory experiments to optimize or develop new formulations for gypsum and paper technologies;

Conducting evaluations of plant material from trials and qualifications;

Planning and supporting the scale up of laboratory work to plant through trials;

Conducting process development experiments to scale in a laboratory;

Reviewing existing data (also lab analysis) to see if more research and information need to be collated;

Assessing the availability of raw materials and the safety and environmental impact;

Supporting the conversion of small-scale processes into commercially viable large-scale operations;

Assessing processes for their relevance, and assessing the emerging new processing technologies;

Preparing reports, flow diagrams and charts, and communicating these as necessary;

Writes or assists in writing and submission of patent applications.



B.S./ M.S. degree in

engineering or similar disciplines


3 ~ 5 years industrial experience in manufacturing support and new product / technology development



Strong problem-solving skills and proven project management skills


Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including report writing


Statistical data analysis and experimental design skills preferred



Primary Location

United States-Illinois-Libertyville


Research-CIC.Gypsum Panels-151-13



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