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Polymers Application & Development Engineer

Company Name:  Equistar Chemicals, LP

Cincinnati, OH, US, 45249

Req ID:  72134
Facility:  Cincinnati Technology R&D-Lyo
Department:  IM, Compounding, Dist., Sheet and Fibers
Division:  Olefins & Polyolefins, Americas

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

The Product and Applications Development (PAD) Researcher provides fundamental technical subject matter expertise in polymer structure-property relationships, catalyst, polymerization and process knowhow as well as general manufacturing support to our polyethylene and polypropylene production sites in support of business directed goals.  The primary role is to lead the development of new products and the introduction of polymer technologies aimed at enhancing LyondellBasell’s leadership position in targeted markets.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Works cross functionally to manage medium term product and polymerization process development / improvement projects from initiation, through qualification, to subsequent commercialization in support of business directed objectives.


  • Supports the commercial scale-up of new / improved products and polymer technologies to achieve business objectives.


  • Provides support to manufacturing plants including process improvement initiatives and other activities aimed at operational excellence and continuous improvement.


  • Defines polymer composition of new resins and predicts resin performance in targeted conversion processes, markets and end use applications.


  • Recognized as a technical subject matter expert in polymer structure, property and technology process relationships and focused on resin development and design.


  • Leads efforts to ensure product development programs have proper linkage between catalyst architecture, polymer microstructure and key product properties desired in the marketplace and that products adhere to Product Stewardship and Regulatory requirements.


  • Provides resin targets to catalyst development and other technology development teams and supports the planning and executing of pilot plant and commercial test runs for developmental products.


  • Identifies business critical product / application / innovation opportunities and conducts scouting research and design of experiments to develop proof of concept, with the intent of establishing technical and commercial feasibility.


  • Verifies customer needs, linking these to critical product attributes, while also recommending product performance targets and prototyping potential product solutions at target customers.
Min. Qualifications

Strong technological orientation, results oriented, project management, innovation, creativity, good oral and written communication skills, teamwork, problem solving and decision making skills are essential for this position.  Up to twenty five percent travel, mostly within the US and occasionally to Europe, is expected.


The position requires a PhD in any one of the following: Polymer Science and Engineering, Plastics or Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering.  The position also requires a strong demonstration of resin characterization methods, product performance testing and polymer processing technologies.

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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