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Product and Applications Development Researcher


Cincinnati, OH, US, 45249

Req ID:  78718
Facility:  Cincinnati Technology R&D-Lyo
Department:  Pipe, BM, RM and Export
Division:  Global Olefins & Polyolefins


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. This position would located at our technology center in Cincinnati, OH. Relocation assistance can be available for the selected candidate. 

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

  • PhD in any one of the following: Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and Engineering, Plastics or Polymer Engineering, Materials Engineering, or Material Science. 
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant polyolefins experience
  • 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 also requires a strong demonstration of resin characterization methods, product performance testing and polymer processing technologies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Polyolefins extrusion experience.
  • Experience with modeling of polymer structure property relationships

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LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


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