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Process Development Engineer

Houston, Texas, US
Closing date
May 30, 2023

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Academic / Research
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Full time
The Process Development Engineer is responsible for designing, coordinating, and executing experimental laboratory, scaleup, and demonstration studies to develop new or improved processes for multiple Shell businesses.

Where you fit in -

This position is in the Process Development department within the Chemicals, Downstream Process and Biotechnology VPship in PT Technology. Process Development is a global team with ~80 staff with expertise in developing new technology and processes across a Technology Development Funnel. We develop and de-risk innovative yet pragmatic process technology solutions to support the growth ambition of the Chemicals, Low Carbon Fuels and New Energies businesses. A strong linkage to Catalysis is also seen as a key enabler to be successful in the delivery of process development. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting global Chemicals, Low Carbon Fuels and Long-Range Research/New Energies programs, working with a wide spectrum of customers over time as programs evolve.

What's the role -

Depending on the scope of projects, accountabilities can include:
  • Providing engineering support on a variety of technology development programs associated with Chemicals, Low Carbon Fuels, and New Energies Research and Technology (NERT).
  • Understanding business needs in technology development and assuring alignment with research and development programs.
  • Understanding and assuring safety and environmental compliance of experimental programs/test runs in their respective laboratories and/or pilot plants.
  • Providing direction and support to laboratory experimentalists to execute experimental programs.
  • Designing and modeling conceptual processes and scale up.
  • Planning operational campaigns, including logistics, resourcing, operational conditions, analysis schemes and modifications to units.
  • Performing data analysis, documenting the results of experimental studies and making recommendations for future action.
  • Recommending patent action arising from research programs.
  • Sharing best practices in the area of process development and providing challenge/expertise to other projects.
  • Identifying and proposing new R&D programs for funding.
  • Supporting external technology collaborations (ETCs).

What we need from you -
  • A legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent (MS or PhD preferred) with at least three (3) years of experience in R&D and/or Technology.
  • Experience in chemicals, low carbon fuels, polymers or a closely related technology area.
  • Experience with laboratory and experimental operations.
  • Experience directing the work of laboratory experimentalists/operators.
  • Modeling experience and the ability to use/learn process simulation tools.
  • Some experience with process safety.
  • Knowledge of analytical techniques such as gas chromatography.
  • Basic understanding of the stages of the Technology Development Funnel, all the way from ideation through proof of concept, scale up, and commercialization.
  • Self-directed, delivery focus, and can-do attitude.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Proven networking and teamworking skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and comfort in dealing with diverse cultures, work practices and customs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in global teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities.

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 work

There'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 work

To 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 work

Combine 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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