Company: Chevron
Skills: Research & Development
Experience: 2 + Years
Education: PhD/Doctorate
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Richmond, California, United States

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Chevron is one of the world's leading energy companies, with approximately 48,000 employees working in countries around the world. We explore, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute fuels and other energy products; manufacture and sell petrochemical products; generate power; and develop future energy resources.

Chevron is accepting online applications for the position of Research Engineer located in Richmond, CA California through April 19, 2019 at 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time).

Requisition ID#400779


This is a Research Engineer position in the Base Oil R&D team in the Applied Technology group of Process Research Division under Downstream Technology Service of Chevron Energy Technology Company. Researchers in this team do catalyst and process development projects for TEMA, CLG/ART, and Chevron Lubricants. Lubricants projects include hydrocracking and catalytic dewaxing (ISODEWAXING) to make base oils. TEMA and CLG/ART projects include hydrocracking and catalytic dewaxing for base oils and fuels using feedstocks from petroleum, Fischer-Tropsch, and renewable materials. Researchers do experimental work in both research units and bench scale units. There are opportunities to work directly with customers and applications both inside of Chevron and around the world.

Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to:

  • Use knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis and/or refining processes to invent and innovate new concepts, catalysts, and/or process configurations in hydroprocessing (hydrotreating, hydrocracking, catalytic dewaxing).
  • Design and conduct lab and pilot plant programs using various testing and analytical equipment.
  • Transfer technology from the laboratory to commercial operation.
  • Responsible for safe and reliable operation of the testing operation and ensure compliance with all the OE requirements.
  • Conduct technical programs in hydroprocessing catalyst systems optimization and catalyst development in support of Manufacturing, TEMA and JV customers. This involves keeping close contacts with customers, staying informed of their needs, frequent sharing of test results and ensuring involvement of all the stakeholders in planning/design of test runs.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • A minimum of 2 years of research experience in Catalyst and Process Development
  • PhD curriculum must include study in heterogeneous catalysis
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Communication Skills (oral and written)

Relocation Options:

Relocation may be considered.

International Considerations:

Expatriate assignments will not be considered.

Chevron regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas or consider individuals on time-limited Visa status for this position.

Regulatory Disclosure for US Positions:

Chevron is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or regulation.

Chevron participates in E-Verify in certain locations as required by law.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. Our success is driven by our people and their commitment to get results the right way – by operating responsibly, executing with excellence, applying innovative technologies and capturing new opportunities for profitable growth. Some of our specialties include generating power and produce geothermal energy; investing in profitable renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions; and developing the energy resources of the future, including researching advanced biofuels.


Our diverse and highly skilled workforce consists of approximately 64,700 employees, including more than 3,200 service station employees. At Chevron, we’re focused on safely delivering the energy needed to power human and economic progress worldwide. But how do we do that when harnessing fossil fuels can be inherently risky? To meet these challenges, Chevron has spent more than 20 years expanding systems that support a culture of safety and environmental stewardship that strives to achieve unequaled performance and prevent all serious incidents and fatalities. We call this Operational Excellence, and it drives everything we do. 


Diversity & Inclusion

We’re committed to reflecting in our workforce the rich diversity of cultures and racial and ethnic backgrounds in the communities where we live and work. We’re also devoted to encouraging a diversity of ideas.


Diversity is one of the cornerstones of our values, which we call The Chevron Way. The Chevron Way states:


“We learn from and respect the cultures in which we work. We value and demonstrate respect for the uniqueness of individuals and the varied perspectives and talents they provide. We have an inclusive work environment and actively embrace a diversity of people, ideas, talents and experiences.”


As a core value, diversity is critical to developing a talented, high-performing workforce needed for ongoing business success. The Chevron Way’s focus on people has helped establish a culture that attracts, develops and retains more diverse talent.


We Support Career & Personal Development

We value the importance of managing work/life priorities by offering flexible work schedules, on-site child care at some facilities, adoption assistance, dual-career couple support, scholarships and tuition reimbursement.


At Chevron, you’ll find a workplace committed to your professional development. You’ll receive support and tools to create your own career path, including education assistance support which pays up to 75% of the cost (including tuition, textbooks, lab fees, and registration and administration fees) for approved courses. To strengthen organizational capability, we develop our employees’ and contractors’ skills and experience through our Invest in People strategy. As part of this strategy, discussions focused on continually improving individual performance are held between managers and employees.




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