R& D Technician

Apex Systems
Cheswick, Pennsylvania
Jun 22, 2024
Jul 01, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate

Job Description:

Apex Systems is currently looking for an R&D Lab Technician in the Pittsburgh, PA area. We highly recommend entry level, entry level candidates as well as mid level candidates apply!

We are looking for a "Contract to Hire" in the Research and Development department at the Glass Technology Center in Harmar, PA.

Research and Development projects target the development and commercialization of glass products and processes that improve the sustainability, energy efficiency, functionality, and aesthetics of glass used in the building and transportation industries. These projects may involve the study of glass composition, glass material properties, glass surfaces, integration of glass into electronic devices, sputtered thin films on glass, window design, and other value-added glass technologies. These projects may also involve the development of novel manufacturing processes for new or existing products. The contract technician will be capable of working independently or in a team to plan, test, analyze, and document experimental results obtained in Research and Development projects.


Work in a safe manner and strictly adhere to all laboratory and manufacturing safety protocols.

Operate and maintain laboratory equipment

Complete tasks on time and communicate any issues with tasks or questionable data to team members and experiment owners

Conduct routine tests following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Prepare and process glass samples

Assist in planning, coordinating, executing, documenting, and communicating experimental results both in the laboratory and at production facilities

Operates vacuum coaters to deposit thin films on glass using magnetron sputtering processes.
Performs routine maintenance as well as trouble-shooting on vacuum coaters such as conveyor repair, sputter target replacement, cathode maintenance, and pump maintenance.

Processing (e.g. cutting, labeling, heating) of glass samples

Chemical/environmental durability testing of glass samples, interpreting results, and writing test reports.

Enters data into electronic spreadsheets, plots/charts data, and interprets results.

Operates laboratory equipment used to prototype new glass products and processes and assists with equipment maintenance as needed.

The primary location for this position will be in the laboratory environment at the Vitro Glass Technology Center.

This role will be primarily daylight hours with the occasional need to travel (10-25%) to manufacturing sites, suppliers, customers, or other Vitro locations. Some weekend/evening hours may be required depending on workload and schedules.


Associates or Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline; 1+ years' laboratory experience preferred, but not required, in support of R&D equipment and instruments

Attention to detail, documentation, planning and organization

Written and Verbal communication skills

Adherence to safe work practices in compliance with all environmental, health, safety, and security protocol

Proficient computer skills (MS Office software)

Ability to work both autonomously and in team settings

Aptitude and willingness to continue to learn and expand upon skill set

Flexibility to participate in other duties, as assigned

EEO Employer

Apex Systems is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, genetic information, registered domestic partner status, marital status, disability, status as a crime victim, protected veteran status, political affiliation, union membership, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at or .

Apex Systems is a world-class IT services company that serves thousands of clients across the globe. When you join Apex, you become part of a team that values innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning. We offer quality career resources, training, certifications, development opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in many awards, including ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing in Talent Satisfaction in the United States and Great Place to Work in the United Kingdom and Mexico. R& D Technician

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