Company: BP
Skills: Research & Development
Experience: 4 + Years
Education: PhD/Doctorate
Location: Naperville, Illinois, 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.

The focus of the Catalyst Researcher role will be research and development primarily aimed at developing heterogeneous catalysts for para-xylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA) manufacturing.Key accountabilities:
  • Lead efforts to develop new heterogeneous catalysts for PX and PTA production
  • Oversee the production and qualification of heterogeneous catalysts produced by 3rd party catalyst manufacturers for use in BP and licensee plants
  • Lead experimental programs designed to improve our fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysts and to improve their performance
  • Analyze and interpret experimental and manufacturing process data and make technical recommendations
  • Provide technical troubleshooting and optimization support to manufacturing sites
  • Assist in commercial technology implementation and optimization during plant start-up and plant tests
  • Maintain awareness of pertinent technical literature and make recommendations regarding competitive threats and technical opportunities
  • Document and share technical work both verbally and in writing
  • Ensure safe and efficient execution of research projects, striving to meet key milestones on time
  • Work effectively in teams, providing leadership when needed
  • Develop and sustain effective working relationships with colleagues in Technology & Licensing, manufacturing and commercial personnel, and 3rd party representatives involved with technology development, implementation and optimization
  • Manage external programs with 3rd parties including universities, consultants, and catalyst manufacturers, as needed
  • Actively support BP's policies for process and personal safety
  • Protect BP know-how, confidential information and intellectual property
  • Comply with BP's Code of Conduct and model BP's Values and Behaviors

Essential education: PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

Essential experience and job requirements:
  • Minimum of 4 years of industrial R&D experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in heterogeneous catalyst research and development
Preferred experience:
  • Experience in experimental chemical process technology development, implementation and optimization
  • Experience with zeolite catalysts
  • Demonstrated leadership of research & development programs and/or technology commercialization projects
  • Demonstrated expertise in the application of chemistry skills and experience in chemical process research and development
  • Track record of technical excellence and delivery in technology research, development, implementation and optimization
  • Proven experience in analyzing data to evaluate performance and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Demonstrated success in working with 3rd parties including universities, consultants and catalyst manufacturers
  • Demonstrated safety leadership - a role model for personal and process safety
  • Proven interpersonal and communication skills