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Senior Research Scientist

Shell USA, Inc.
Houston, Texas, US
Closing date
Feb 8, 2023

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Academic / Research, Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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The Role
Where you fit in? Shell is a leading supplier of catalyst technology to the refining, petrochemicals, environmental, upstream, and renewable energy industries. The Catalysis and Analytical Technology group provides a central capability within Shell for Catalysis and Materials. In addition to supporting Shell through development and commercialization of catalysts for refineries, chemical plants, and environmental applications, the team also leverages key skills like materials synthesis, scale-up, and commercialization to enable Shell's Energy Transition ambitions. Involvement in these projects offers our staff the opportunity to broaden themselves, build up a larger network, and contribute directly to the Energy Transition.The Refining Catalyst Team is responsible for supporting Shell's refining catalyst businesses and, increasingly, Energy Transition programs. The team is accountable for invention and development of new catalysts and materials, quality assurance and technical support of catalyst manufacturing, laboratory- and pilot-scale performance testing of catalyst and materials, development of performance models for catalysts and materials, building of data analytic tools, and provision of technical support to our customers. What's the role - We are looking for an experienced Catalyst Researcher to join the Refining Catalysts Team. The Researcher will be responsible for discovery and development of heterogeneous catalysts for residue upgrading, hydroprocessing, and renewable feedstock applications, while also driving catalyst/materials innovation to support Shell's Energy Transition ambitions. This role requires a person with technical expertise, who can apply that understanding to the shaping of commercially viable catalyst/material solutions and various Energy Transition programs in a natural-teams way of working, and who has the interest and drive to guide new technology from discovery to commercial deployment. It also requires the ability to multi-task and be flexible in addressing multiple customer needs. If you are a highly motivated scientist who desires to support the Energy Transition and values seeing your ideas turned into commercial products, then this position may be a perfect fit for you. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion to apply and build their technical and program leadership skills to address the challenges of a variety of Energy Transition projects.Responsibilities and activities of the position includeWork within a larger R&D team to execute research programs to develop differentiated catalysts/materials to meet business needs. Lead efforts and direct teams to develop and carry out testing plans, review and interpret data, and deliver results to key stakeholders.Provide intellectual leadership and experimental support to Energy Transition projects.Support scale-up of new catalysts and technical service/customers.Support experimental teams through design and selection of catalyst preparation and testing equipment. Provide expertise for bench-scale testing equipment. Build strong working relationships with third-party equipment vendors and service providers.Maintain best safety practices.Bring outside-the-box, innovative approaches to the team, identifying novel materials, preparation methods, and testing protocols to drive innovation within the team. Be a team player: participate in and lead local and global natural teams to deliver catalyst/materials technology.Transfer knowledge to fellow researchers via presentations, technical reports, and day-to-day interaction. Maintain and expand upon current knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis chemistry. Stay abreast of catalyst technology developments externally in order to generate new ideas and maintain a healthy pipeline of promising catalyst development leads.What we need from you -A legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or Materials Engineering with at least eight plus (8+) years relevant experience in heterogeneous catalysis, surface science, inorganic chemistry, and/or physical chemistry.Specific skills and experiences must include:Experience working with catalyst or materials synthesis and characterization, preferably with commercial experience with hydroprocessing catalysts.Strong personal drive to contribute to the Energy Transition areas by leveraging catalysis/materials experience and learning new skillsCreativity, entrepreneurship, initiative, and good critical judgment. Highly developed problem-solving skills and ability to independently develop and execute innovative experimental programs.Excellent verbal and written skills to be able to communicate effectively and persuasively with customers, scientists, and technicians on a combination of technical, business, and strategic topics.Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with other departments and those outside the technology; ability to develop extensive "first-person" communication networks, both inside and outside of Shell.Strong ability to work independently/deliver results and to collaborate effectively with others in a team environment.Company description Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world's growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in among other exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of oil products, chemicals, electric power, renewables and energy solutions.As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.An innovative place to workThere's never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.Join us and you'll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future - whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.An inclusive place to workTo power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we're nurturing an inclusive environment - one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills and reach your potential...We're creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment processes, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we'll take it from there.We're closing the gender gap - whether that's through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.We're striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.A rewarding place to workCombine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.We're huge advocates for career development. We'll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.
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