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General Electric Lead Engineer - Coatings in Niskayuna, New York

Job Description Summary

As a Lead Engineer - Coatings in the Materials Organization you will develop novel materials and coating technologies for a broad range of current and future GE products. You will conduct experimental work to develop new coating material systems, select and develop appropriate thermal spray processes to create new structures, and conduct characterization and evaluation of these structures.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

Your responsibilities in this job will include directing and contributing to the selection of materials and thermal spray processes for novel coating technology. Coatings include abradable, low-friction, wear, anti-corrosion, thermal barrier, and environmental barrier coatings. You are expected to become a technical expert in a variety of thermal spray processes. You will be expected to develop process-microstructure relationships and to establish the effect of microstructure on performance. You will also select or develop test methods that can be implemented to measure critical properties that are indicators of performance.

Working independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will:

  • Conduct basic and applied research in coatings and surface technologies and transition these technologies to GE businesses.

  • Develop novel methods to alter the surface properties of inorganic materials.

  • Identify technology trends in thermal spray processing and develop technical roadmaps to address them.

  • Identify long-term technical growth opportunities for coating technologies in support of GE businesses and develop research plans to address them.

  • Prepare research proposals for external funding.

  • Identify opportunities to capture intellectual property, prepare patent disclosures and work with legal counsel to prepare patent applications.

  • Share project progress internally and externally through oral presentations, written reports, and as appropriate through external publications.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with minimum of six years’ experience in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline

  • Experience in thermal spray processing

  • Demonstrated expertise in coatings or materials (alloy or inorganic) technology development where process control is used to produce microstructures that meet desired performance metrics

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and/or selection of appropriate tests and testing procedures to measure critical coating properties

  • Due to the nature of the duties of this position, this role requires the individual to obtain and maintain US Government Security Clearance; prerequisite for a security clearance is U.S. citizenship. Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Niskayuna, NY.

  • Must be 18 years or older.

  • You must submit your application for employment on the careers page at to be considered.

Desired Characteristics

  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline

  • Excellent oral and written communications

  • Ability to work independently and in large multi-disciplinary teams

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to commit to aggressive schedules and to deliver on commitments

  • Experience in Cold Spray; Thermal Barrier Coatings; Environmental Barrier Coatings; or other protective coatings for corrosion, wear, and abrasion

  • Very good understanding of thermodynamics, degradation kinetics, phase stability and diffusion in high temperature coating material systems

  • Experience assessing stress states in coatings

  • Experimental experience in developing inorganic or metallic coatings

  • Experimental experience in developing bulk ceramic or metallic materials

  • Experience with chemical vapor deposition technology or physical vapor deposition technology

  • Experience in writing proposals to government funding agencies

  • Demonstrated excellence in research through peer reviewed publications

This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE will require proof of status prior to employment.

Additional Information

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

As a federal government contractor, GE may in the future be required to have U.S. employees fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Some GE customers currently have vaccination mandates that may apply to GE employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes