Company: Nabors
Skills: Research & Development, Chemist
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: PhD/Doctorate
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Company Overview

Nabors is a leading provider of advanced technology for the energy industry. With operations in about 20 countries, Nabors has established a global network of people, technology and equipment to deploy solutions that deliver safe, efficient and responsible hydrocarbon production. By leveraging its core competencies, particularly in drilling, engineering, automation, data science and manufacturing, Nabors aims to innovate the future of energy and enable the transition to a lower carbon world.


Nabors is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants and prohibiting discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. To learn more about our Fair Employment practices, please refer to the Nabors Code of Conduct.




We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated synthetic Chemist to join our research and development team. The synthetic Chemist will be responsible for developing, characterizing, and testing new catalysts for electrolysis and fuel cells. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in organic/inorganic/organometallic synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry, materials science, and analytical technologies. This is an interdisciplinary position requiring a willingness to explore and learn new areas of interest in a dynamic environment with other scientists and engineers.



  • Design, synthesize and test novel catalysts for use in PEM electrolyzers and fuel cells
  • Characterize and study catalytic materials using a variety of analytical techniques including cyclic voltammetry, rotating disk electrode voltammetry, X-ray diffraction, FTIR and electron microscopy
  • Evaluate the performance of new catalysts for the evolution of hydrogen and oxygen in proton exchange membranes
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and address technical challenges related to introducing catalysts into PEM electrolyzer and fuel cells
  • Maintain accurate records of synthesis and characterization activities, prepare reports and present results
  • Stay current with industrial trends and academic advances in catalysis, electrochemistry and hydrogen technologies
  • Participate in training and development activities to enhance technical safety and professional skills




  • Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, electrochemistry or related field preferred. Will consider master's degree with 3 years of experience or bachelor's degree with 5 plus years of experience in a related industrial setting
  • At least 2-3 years of experience with synthesis and characterization of catalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution.
  • Hands on expertise with standard synthetic techniques including aqueous chemistry, organic/organometallic chemistry and/or inert atmosphere techniques.
  • Experience with analytical techniques, including NMR, UV-Vis, FTIR, Raman, XRD, RDE and EM
  • Working knowledge of membrane technologies and their applications in electrochemistry
  • Hands on experience working with various fuel cell and electrolyzer designs
  • Ability to design and execute well controlled experiments, analyze data and interpret results and draw conclusions
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records
  • Commitment to safety and quality




  • The primary location for this position is an office environment.
  • Able to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Rig yard trips may be expected from time to time.