Bio-feedstock Researcher - Houston, TX
Proposition As Shell seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, you will develop and implement solutions that will enable Shell to thrive in the Energy Transition. Bio-feedstocks will be increasingly important for our Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals business. You will provide expert advice, based on sound science, to the Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals business on bio feedstocks availability, cost, supply and suitability for advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas and chemicals processes. Where you fit in You will be part of the global Nature Based Solutions (NBS) & Feedstocks team. The team supports the business goals for the NBS business, Downstream's Low Carbon Fuels business, including Advanced Biofuels & Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), and Shell Chemicals. The focus of this work is global, with special focus on regions where the Low Carbon Fuels business is pursuing business opportunities including US, EU, India, Africa and Brazil. You will give expert support to Shell's rapidly growing biofuels activities, and our emerging bio-to-chemicals activities and ensure that Shell maintains a current and insightful position on feedstock types, availabilities and potentials. You will work with other team members to develop practical feedstock logistics, synergies with other land uses, and models of biomass availability. This will require a broad knowledge of crop developments, energy crops (such as energy/sugar cane, grasses), forestry and agronomy. You will also develop expertise in the emerging legislative environment in which Shell's bio-business must operate. You will be engaged in internal and external research programs, focusing on analysis, forecasting and due diligence on investable opportunities for Low carbon Fuels and Chemicals projects. You will be expected to work with Shell scientists and engineers globally, with external partners and with Shell's Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals and NBS business. What's the role Accountabilities include: * Support delivery of low carbon fuels and chemicals projects globally (experimental, technical, theoretical, computational) in partnership with internal & external collaborators that address challenges related to bio feedstock availability, type, cost and supply chain logistics * Provide Subject Matter Expertise on bio-feedstock to enable the Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals businesses to grow new business opportunities for biofuels projects; the scope is global, but you will have a particular focus on the Americas and on RNG feedstocks * Define key feedstock characteristics, availability and regulatory criteria for biofuels and chemicals projects * Contribute to publications in peer-reviewed publications, internal technical reports, conference presentations, and patent filings * Develop understanding of the broader carbon and energy system, the energy transition, & the role of emerging technologies * Establish working knowledge of techno-economic analyses to place technology developments into appropriate context within the area of biomass feedstocks. What we need from you You will bring technical expertise in biomass feedstocks, agronomy, forestry or a related filed. When it comes to nurturing collaborative stakeholder relations with other Shell businesses and with external technology partnerships, it's your excellent people skills that will make the difference. A learner mindset, transparency and sharing data and lessons will be essential. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to HSSE including in field work. Furthermore, you will have: * Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employee * A PhD in plant sciences, agronomy, forestry, ecosystem services or a related field * At least 3 years of relevant work experience * Exposure to biomass R&D in NBS, ecosystem services or soil science * Exposure to project scoping, contracting, monitoring, and partner engagement * Exposure to analyzing complex and varied data sources (in this case on biomass availability, land use and supply chains) * General knowledge of crop development, water management, regulatory frameworks, land use management * Demonstrate a willingness to learn and apply cross-disciplinary approaches to solving problems and thrive though working in a tight-knit, but globally dispersed, team. * Excellent oral and written presentation skills; capable of effective and impactful communications across topics, audiences, and formats at various organizational levels * General knowledge of Shell's Low Carbon Fuels and Chemicals business.