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Polymer R&D Researcher/Scientist

Company Name:  Equistar Chemicals, LP

Cincinnati, OH, US, 45249

Req ID:  72582
Facility:  Cincinnati Technology R&D-Lyo
Department:  R&D NA Polymer Characterization
Division:  Research & Development, Technology & Sus

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell ( manufactures products at 55 sites in 17 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including; packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

Basic Function

We are seeking a Polymer Researcher/Scientist to join our R&D Analytical team at the Cincinnati Technology Center (CTC) located in Cincinnati, OH. CTC functions as a Research and Development (R&D) Center for LyondellBasell’s North American Polymer Businesses. R&D focuses on improving polymers and polymer process technologies for our existing manufacturing facilities and on developing new technologies to meet LyondellBasell’s future business needs. As a member of the team you will support R&D Analytical Laboratories in reaching their objectives and annual goals. Position offers a competitive base salary, bonus, pension plan, 401K matching, generous benefits package, education assistance, and employee discounts. Relocation is available. This position reports to the Analytical Manager of the Cincinnati Technology Center.

Roles & Responsibilities

This position will utilize a variety of Analytical testing techniques to solve problems related to fundamental polymer research, polymer characterization, process development, as well as manufacturing support for LyondellBasell’s plants. The candidate will also be responsible for planning, designing and executing experimental programs to reach business objectives.

Expected to serve as technical resource, maintain high-standards, positive attitude, good work ethics and train lab associates. Serve on multidisciplinary teams supporting product and application development efforts by solving complex problems. Participate in internal Expert Groups to leverage best practices, keep up-to-date with advances in the field of polymer research, play key role in introducing new polymer characterization technologies, new instrument evaluations and selections.

Duties include ensuring safe and efficient laboratory operations, overseeing the necessary calibrations, maintenance of the laboratory equipment, safe handling of all chemicals  and assisting with testing as needed. Ensure alignment of analytical testing, communication with management and customers while understanding priorities with business requirements.

Min. Qualifications

Minimum a PhD in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, physics or related scientific discipline is required. At least 1-5 years industrial/academic experience and/or 3 years of experience working in the polyolefins industry is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

Have advanced theoretical/practical application knowledge of polymer characterization techniques with emphasis in NMR and elemental analysis.

Possess analytical problem solving, creative thinking skills, excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills. Provides accurate information keeping customer focus. Ensure laboratory compliance with all safety standards, practices, and requirements

Demonstrate technical expertise through journal articles, reports, presentations, posters, and/or patents. Maintain up to date knowledge of key developments, trends and practices in the fields of polymer characterization through literature searches, reviews and conferences. Collaborate with others as a member of a cross-functional teams to create or utilize advanced techniques to discover, develop new technology. Good time management skills, project management skills and ability to work under pressure  to meet deadlines. Performs other duties as assigned.

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

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: Cincinnati

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