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Sr. Researcher - Catalyst Development

Braskem America
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
  • Job Code
    132465304

Job: Sr. Researcher - Catalyst Development

ABOUT BRASKEM

Every day, Braskems 8,000 team members work to improve peoples lives by creating sustainable solutions through chemicals and plastics. In alignment with our commitment to a circular economy, we focus our global sustainable strategy in three key areas: sustainable processes to reduce waste; an innovative product portfolio; and solutions to support our clients and communities.

We pride ourselves on a culture that promotes diversity and inclusivity (D&I) encouraging its team members to be who they are, following the motto: You are free to be you. This mindset adds value to the organization by unlocking untapped potential. Braskem promotes collaborative behaviors that encourage new ideas and different perspectives. As a global organization, Braskem offers competitive employee benefits such as parental leave and educational reimbursement. We strongly encourage people with all different backgrounds and experiences, of all races and ethnicities, abilities, and people from the LGBTQIA+ community, to apply.

Braskem America is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A. headquartered in Philadelphia. The company is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with six production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, an Innovation and Technology Center in Pittsburgh, and a new operation in Boston focused on leveraging groundbreaking developments in biotechnology and advanced materials. For more information, visit www.braskem.com/usa.

Department: Innovation & Technology- Catalysis
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Travel Involved: <15%
Job Type: Full Time

Description:

We are looking for an individual to join our Catalyst Development Team. The Research & Development Researcher will be responsible for discovery and development of polyolefin catalysts. This includes synthesis and evaluation of catalysts in the laboratory, as well as the transfer of this technology to larger scale implementation.

Key Responsibilities Include:

The ideal candidate will be responsible for being the scientific lead on research projects to discover, develop and deploy new, market leading polyolefin catalysts as well as potentially invent novel catalytic processes for their use. Developing and executing experimental plans and managing multiple technical programs are critical aspects of the role.

Additional Responsibilities and Activities Include:

Safe operation: Stay current on all safety training, participate in necessary safety audits, effectively manage and maintain excellent laboratory housekeeping as well as standard operating procedures.
Demonstrate initiative by identifying opportunities to improve internal laboratory workflows including safe practices, testing techniques or equipment capability.
Providing technical leadership and direction for new research
Effectively work within a project team of experts from various disciplines to successfully meeting project milestones and timelines; elements of research on lab scale and links to catalyst scale-up and business.
Communicate experimental observations in varied formats including, technical seminars, customer presentations, management team meetings, etc.
Continue to advance fundamental understanding to gain insights on key enablers to improve catalyst performance.
Mentor and supervise technicians and junior scientists to carry out research activities.
Participate on project teams completing research. Develop and implement comprehensive technical project plans
Lead technology transfer to manufacturing & aid in scale-up support

Requirements:

The ideal candidate needs to have a strong knowledge of olefin polymerization catalysis and technology as well as a basic knowledge of polyolefin characterization and applications. Creativity, entrepreneurship, initiative and good critical judgment are essential for this role. Strong technical and interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with other departments and those outside the technology and Innovation Center. Track record of implementing creative and innovative technologies. Demonstrated excellent verbal & written communication skills.

Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with a research specialization in Polymerization Catalysis.
Minimum seven (7) years experience with polyolefin catalyst and/or inorganic materials synthesis techniques and with various materials characterization/analytical techniques is required.
Experience with the synthesis of new catalytic materials including supported catalysts and the evaluation of these materials as catalysts is required.
Experience with high throughput heterogeneous catalyst synthesis and testing tools is desired
Demonstrated technical leadership
Goal Zero mindset. Basic safety skills include: MSDS awareness, chemical storage, waste disposal, proper handling of toxic or hazardous materials and familiarity with safe laboratory operating principles.
Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
Strong computer skills, including MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).
Ability to work with colleagues within a project team.
Strong writing and presentation skills





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Posted: 2021-03-23 Expires: 2021-04-23

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