Analytical Scientist - Optical



Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company, with leading positions in float glass and fabricated glass products for commercial, residential and transportation applications; automotive trim; and the distribution of building products. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian Fabrication, a division within Guardian Glass, produces products for a variety of industries including architecture, transportation, appliances, and electronics. More at




  • Become in-house SME on existing optical measurement testing by participating in, reviewing and updating Guardian’s current test procedures.
  • Setup, use, train new personnel, help to direct technician on maintaining and troubleshooting optical measurement equipment such as UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometers and ellipsometers, FTIR, haze and gloss meters.
  • Work with R&D scientists to analyze results and troubleshoot any issues with products or lab instrumentation/equipment.
  • Work with corporate and plant QC teams on test, setup, maintenance, troubleshooting, and failure analysis as directed.
  • Actively seek/develop new/improve existing optical measurement test methodology to enhance product development efficiency and plant QA/QC methodology for base glass and coated glass products.


  • B.S. in Optics, Optical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Analytical Chemistry, Paint and Coatings Engineering, Quality Engineering, or Chemical Engineering and 10+ yrs, or M.S. & 5-10 yrs, or Ph.D. & 3-5 yrs of industrial experience
  • Basic understanding of a broad range of spectroscopic techniques with experience using (UV-VIS-NIR) spectrophotometers, FTIR, colorimeters, haze meters, and gloss meters is required
  • Method verification and validation experience
  • Innovative problem solving skills and good prioritization skills
  • Strong computer base skills are required. Some programming experience such as Visual Basic in Excel is preferred
  • Working knowledge of thin films, optical glass, and microscopic material characterization techniques such as TEM, SEM, AFM and other spectroscopic techniques such as XRD, XRF, XPS, and Auger would be a plus
  • Knowledgeable in applied quality control methods including SPC, control charting, gage R&Rs, statistical DoE, and root cause analysis a plus
  • Innovative problem solving skills
  • Effective communicator and high energy self-starter
  • Flexible and adaptable to evolving objectives with excellent prioritization skills
  • Team player and motivator of others
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills


What do we have to offer?

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Guardian Industries Corp. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


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