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Research Engineer II


Channelview, TX, US, 77530

Req ID:  82041
Facility:  Channelview-Htc-130
Department:  Global PO CO-Products & Derivitives R&D
Division:  Innovation


Basic Function


The Research Engineer will lead efforts in the identification, development, scale-up and industrialization of new catalysts and processes for a variety of chemical technologies. This includes identifying and developing technologies to reduce costs or improve efficiencies for existing units and inventing new products and process technologies to support long-term business objectives.

This is an exciting career opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art research facility along-side our technical team of experts. HTC is located at the Channelview Complex, one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the Gulf Coast with approximately 2,000 employees, covering 4,000 acres, just 19 miles from our corporate Headquarters in downtown Houston. This is a direct-hire position with competitive base salary, bonus, 401K matching, generous benefits package, pension plan and employee discounts.

Roles & Responsibilities


  • Lead projects to identify and develop innovative new processes that support the company’s business objectives. This will include:
  • New idea generation and project definition
  • Experimental design for bench scale laboratory equipment and in pilot plants
  • Ensure that objectives and experimental plans are well-prepared and communicated for effective project execution with the highest attention to process and personnel safety
  • Design of pilot test units from lab to demonstration scale, and protocols to efficiently generate data for process development.
  • Provide leadership and direction to technicians/operators
  • Supports sustainability initiatives for process and technology improvements
  • Documentation and presentation of experimental results
  • Work with the Engineering and Manufacturing organizations to plan and execute industrialization plans including plant trials, where needed.
  • Maintain a strong emphasis on safety.  This includes responsibility for conducting thorough safety analysis of experimental programs.
  • Identify and evaluate new or emerging technologies, research areas and growth opportunities to drive business growth, cost reductions, and improvements to company safety and environmental performance.
  • Develop expertise in the company’s core technologies. This includes developing a good understanding of competitors’ processes to drive technology leadership internally.
  • Work effectively with R&D researchers, staff, technicians, and management for competent performance of job functions.
  • Work with Manufacturing, Global Engineering and the Businesses for alignment of project activities and efficient execution and implementation of R&D projects. May lead multi-functional project teams to support local or worldwide business objectives. 

Min. Qualifications


  • Minimum PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry with 0-5 years of relevant experience in chemicals, petrochemicals, fuels, or related R&D is required. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in experimental design and experience in bench scale laboratory equipment or pilot plants.
  • Experience with reactor and/or process design and scale-up is preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing with technicians, fellow researchers, plant engineers, management, and executive levels is essential.  
  • Must be comfortable making presentations to senior management in-order to obtain support for projects.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple and/or changing priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Strong technical orientation, able to use and build on their technical education, training, and experience to perform well in an R&D work environment.
  • Needs to be highly creative in proposing new projects, optimizing process concepts and finding ways to meet project objectives. 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills required.
  • Highly self-motivated individual with demonstrated ability to drive for results.


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity


LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB): As a leader in the global chemical industry, LyondellBasell strives every day to be the safest, best operated and most valued company in our industry. The company’s products, materials and technologies are advancing sustainable solutions for food safety, access to clean water, healthcare and fuel efficiency in more than 100 international markets. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is Advancing Good with an emphasis on our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce.  The company takes great pride in its world-class technology and customer focus. LyondellBasell has stepped up its circularity and climate ambitions and actions to address the global challenges of plastic waste and decarbonization. For more information, please visit or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.


Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

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