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Research Engineer


Channelview, TX, US, 77530

Req ID:  86087
Facility:  Channelview-Htc-130
Department:  Olefins & Finance & Strategy R&D
Division:  Innovation


Basic Function

LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, is seeking a Researcher for the Houston Technology Center (HTC) in Channelview, TX.  HTC is a state-of-the-art R&D facility that serves as the global R&D center for LyondellBasell's Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D) and Olefins Businesses. HTC R&D focuses on innovative opportunities that drive sustainable process and technology improvements, improving catalyst and process technologies for our existing chemical manufacturing facilities and on developing new technologies allowing LYB to maintain and build on our competitive advantages.  HTC also provides technical support to our manufacturing and business organizations.


The position requires management of the accountabilities and share the knowledge, experience, and practice across the R&D, process development and manufacturing teams. The Researcher will lead efforts in the identification, development, scale-up and industrialization of new catalysts and processes to meet the critical feedstock needs of LyondellBasell while also supporting the continuous improvement and debottleneck of existing plant assets.


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 pilot plants
    • Maintain excellent knowledge of chemical engineering principles and chemical processes; specifically reactor design and separation 
    • 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 supporting his/her projects
    • Support sustainability initiatives for process and technology improvements
    • Document and communicate results and progress to technical teams, supervision, management, and business leadership
    • 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.
  • 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

  • Postdoctoral with at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in chemicals, petrochemicals, fuels, or related R&D is required.   
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in developing hydrogenation and olefin metathesis processes.  
  • Experience with experimental design and in bench scale laboratory equipment and pilot plants reactor and/or process design and scale-up is desired
  • 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 to obtain support for projects.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple and/or changing priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to lead R&D projects to meet site and company goals.  Strong technical orientation, able to use and build on their technical education, training, and experience to perform well in an R&D work environment.
  • Highly self-motivated individual with demonstrated ability to drive for results.


Build Partnerships
Deliver Results
Drive Innovation
Grow Capabilities
Promote Inclusion
Motivational/Cultural Fit
Technical Skills


We are LyondellBasell – a leader in the global chemical industry creating solutions for everyday sustainable living. Through advanced technology and focused investments, we are enabling a circular and low carbon economy. Across all we do, we aim to champion our employees, and unlock value for customers, investors and society. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is strongly committed to our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce.  As one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and a leader in polyolefin technologies, we develop, manufacture and market high-quality and innovative products for applications ranging from sustainable transportation and food safety to clean water and quality healthcare. 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.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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