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Research Engineer

Contract Type
Energy & Manufacturing
Naperville, Illinois
Expiry Date
The remit of the Centre of Expertise for Applied Chemistry and Physics (COE ACP) is to develop specialist skills and deep capability in exploratory chemistry, catalysis, and the fundamentals of process engineering

Job Description

This includes areas such as heterogeneous catalysis, material synthesis and characterization, reaction engineering, physical properties, and separations. Its purpose is to apply this expertise to existing business needs by generating deep insights into the fundamentals of current conversion processes, developments and products, and to support emerging business needs through the identification and early appraisal of new process/product options.

The role is an opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team responsible for fundamental and exploratory studies in chemistry to support BP group operations and to appraise and develop new technology options for business renewal. The Centre of Expertise for Applied Chemistry and Physics is a global team w ith expertise in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Physical Sciences. The main technical hub is in Hull, UK with spokes also located in Naperville, US and Dalian, China.

The Research Engineer will provide process engineering expertise to underpin BP’s current and emerging conversion processes, and to evaluate new processes of potential future interest to BP. This will include technical and conceptual evaluation of new ideas generated from within the CoE ACP, by our academic collaborators, or from the external sources. The role includes responsibility for safe and compliant operation of experimental facilities within the scope agreed with the US Science Team Leader and may include the supervision of technicians working within the team’s laboratory. Development of in-house specialist capabilities in experimental process research is a key aspect of the role and may be accompanied by process, kinetic or other theoretical modelling and in-depth data analysis.

  • Delivery of safe and compliant experimental operations and the development of an HSSE culture aligned with the goals of Group Technology (as well as locally with the Naperville Research Center), working across Group Research to uphold, promote, and improve operational safety and efficiency.
  • Design, execution and interpretation of experimental and modelling work and communication of results to meet the needs of the defined programs.
  • Development of in-house capability by identifying and implementing best practices in process evaluation, engineering fundamentals and modelling from industry and academia.
  • Collaborate with COE ACP and business technology scientists/engineers to identify needs in fundamental and exploratory process research, devise relevant experimental approaches, and deliver/transfer results and insights to meet these need s.
  • Support relevant academic and third party collaborations.
  • Manage and capture relevant intellectual property in support of business objectives.
  • Bachelors degree with understanding of catalysis, reaction engineering, process modelling, and related fields.
  • Fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience in process modelling, evaluation, and/or experimental testing.
  • Familiarity with general hydrocarbon chemistry as it relates to production of fuels and petrochemicals.
  • Good oral/written communication skills, with the ability to contribute to the success of the team, foster learning, share ideas, and build capability.
  • Ability to think innovatively and provide creativ e solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead their own projects and deliver results