• Vacuum Coatings Process Innovation Scientist

    Job Division Guardian Glass
    REF. 2018-2225
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    Company Overview

    Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs around 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries; and the distribution of specialty building products. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Guardian is an innovation driven company offering tremendous career growth opportunities through our signature culture of Market Based Management (MBM). For more information, visit


    Position Description

    We are currently looking for an experienced Vacuum Coating Scientist / Engineer to join our Science and Technology Center team, located in Carleton, Michigan. The ideal candidate will have a broad mix of experience and skills in the areas of process improvement and product development in the thin film arena.


    As a member of the Process Innovation Department, you would be responsible for assessing and upgrading current coater performance to enable our next generation products to maintain the currently enjoyed high yields and throughput.

    Responsibilities & Expectations

    • Identifying, developing and implementing new processes to increase technological capabilities.
    • Coordinating with process teams and production facilities to define and recommend upgrades to the sputter coaters globally.
    • Developing and growing strong relationships with external partners and research institutes in support of our technology and process roadmaps.
    • Working with internal customers, vendors and external businesses to develop new and innovative solutions to challenges faced in the large area coaters.
    • Understanding and developing models for coater analysis, including gas flow dynamics, capacity modeling and throughput optimization.
    • Designing and implementing efficient experiments for assessment of new processes.
    • Reporting results and recommended actions to a broad audience of leaders, scientists and other groups.


    Qualifications and Education Requirements

    • Advanced Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science & Engineering or related subject. Plasma physics education preferred.
    • Hands-on experience in thin film deposition techniques
    • Understanding and experience of vacuum coating systems - preferred.
    • Experience in statistical process control, design of experiments and gas phase chemistry – preferred.
    • 5+ years’ experience of managing and leading complex, product/process development or technology projects – preferred.
    • Strong analytical skills coupled with good abilities for presenting and communicating ideas and concepts.

    What do we have to offer?

    What We Offer:

    If you have been looking for an environment where people are valued, entrepreneurial spirit is boundless and opportunities for success are based on merit, and if you want to add value to your company, then Guardian Industries Corp. may be the place for you.

    Guardian offers competitive compensation and a wide variety of benefits including health/dental/life insurance, prescription coverage, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401 (k) with a $1 for $1 match up to 7%. For more information about Guardian Industries LLC., visit us at

    For information on the expansion of Guardian's Science and Technology Center, please visit:

    For information on our foundational MBM Leadership philosophy, visit:   

    Guardian Industries LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  






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