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Staff Researcher - Structural Panels

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USG Corporation

Libertyville, IL

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For more than 110 years, Chicago-based USG has been a leader in producing innovative, award-winning products and systems to build everything from major commercial developments and residential housing to home improvements. USG's nearly 9,000 employees are committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and quality in everything we do. Our steadfast commitment to the company's core business values – innovation, quality, integrity, service, diversity, efficiency and safety – have helped us become the company we are today. And looking to the future, USG employees are very optimistic – in fact, 97% of professional employees surveyed in 2013 have confidence in the company’s strategic objectives and 96% are confident in senior leadership.

As a company with $3B in revenues, we’re big enough that our professionals have the resources to make a difference – and we’re small enough that you’re not just a number. You’ll work on key initiatives and build strong relationships across the company to successfully complete vital projects that will drive the future of our company.

USG offers work-life balance, promotion from within, low turnover, exceptional benefits, a dynamic environment, and the ability to explore career opportunities in different functional areas within the company. Find out more about growing your career with USG at

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Position Description:

Reporting to the Laboratory Program Manager, the Staff Researcher will:

• Develop formulations suitable for a variety of structural applications and test resulting experimental materials for various performance attributes.

• Identify, evaluate and qualify raw materials for use in various construction applications following appropriate industry and company safety compliance requirements and procedures.

• Translate developed bench-scale laboratory formulations to large-scale manufacturing operations.

• Protect company intellectual property through proper documentation of work, submission of idea disclosures and drafting of patent applications.

• Develop and implement quality control systems that comply with company operating procedures, building codes, industry standards and other requirements.

• Document, implement and train production staff on quality control systems and procedures.

• Conduct mechanical and durability testing on panelized construction materials and interpret and document results.

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.


• MS Degree Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering or related; or BS Degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Engineering with 3 years of experience in building materials, manufacturing or construction.

• Experience and comfort in a manufacturing environment.

• Strong oral and written communication skills.

• Fundamental statistical data analysis skills.

• Strong interpersonal skills to work within cross-functional teams.

• Strong organization skills.

• Strong project management skills with demonstrated effectiveness at using standard project management tools.

• Strong computers skills with experience in Microsoft Office productivity applications (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

• Ability to interpret chemical and physical characterization tests to qualify raw and finished products.

• Experience and comfort in a manufacturing environment.

• Expertise in instrumentation and testing equipment.

• Experience with programming, LabView and data acquisition systems a plus.

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