R&D / Applications Engineer


Description: GVD Corporation is a Cambridge-based company that provides ultra-thin polymer coatings based on a technology originally developed at MIT. We are looking for an experienced engineer to work on the development of a proprietary vacuum coating technology for a commercial application. You will be working closely with senior internal staff and external customers to develop working product prototypes. You will also need to scale and tune our coating technology process to meet the size and uniformity demands of the end customer.

This is a unique opportunity to commercialize an exciting new technology for a novel application within a dynamic small company environment.


  • Applicant must have a B.S. or M.S. in Engineering (Chemical, Materials Science) or related field and 2-8 years of experience in R&D, product development, applications development, with some project management exposure.


  • Provide hands-on reduction to practice for all aspects of the technical development of the application, including process tuning of the coating technology, product design, and prototype production.
  • Work with senior staff to follow existing and develop additional experimental plans to achieve project goals including design-of-experiment (DOE) matrices, milestones, and timing, along with the design and assembly of the equipment necessary to achieve these goals.
  • Conduct all lab work and analytical and performance testing, and interpret data and results. Experience with analytical methods such as SEM, AFM, and XPS, preferably with the ability to perform one or more of these methods a plus.
  • Prepare frequent written reports to satisfy sponsor/customer requirements and maintain project funding status. Participate in regular meetings with our partners and customers to ensure that key requirements, limitations, and goals are identified and met.
  • Assist in the preparation of follow-on or new funding proposals.

Applicants should be detail-oriented, effective at planning and organizing, self-motivated, and result-driven. In addition, applicant should possess the following qualities:

  • Direct experience in materials development or vacuum technology (deposition, etching, sputtering) - preferably both
  • Hands-on: this is a dynamic, small-company environment which requires hands-on involvement in all aspects of the project.
  • Excellent project coordination: able to predict project scope accurately, manage resources (including your own time), and deliver on-time and under budget.
  • Excellent communication skills: frequent, well-written reports will be essential to communicating project success quickly and efficiently.

Applicants must be comfortable with the dynamic culture of a small, team-oriented growth company. Applicants will need to work independently but not alone, as much of the work will require collaboration and communication with many people, both inside and outside the company.

Requirements: US Citizens ONLY. No H1B, F1 or other visa candidates will be considered.