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R&D Catalyst Technician


Cincinnati, OH, US, 45249

Req ID:  76433
Facility:  Cincinnati Technology R&D-Lyo
Department:  R&D NA Catalyst Lab Support
Division:  Research & Development, Technology & Sus

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 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

Basic Function

LyondellBasell Industries, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, is seeking a Laboratory Technician for our Cincinnati Technology Center (CTC), a state-of-the-art polymers research center supporting LyondellBasell’s North American Polymers business. This position resides within the Catalyst Research & Development Lab in MPD & CD group.

The Catalyst Laboratory Technician will be responsible for maintaining laboratory and process equipment and conducting laboratory experiments supporting technical projects. Systems include laboratory scale chemical reactors and feed systems, and inert atmosphere gloveboxes.

The position offers a competitive base salary, annual bonus, 401K matching, generous benefits package, pension plan, employee discounts and much more.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Strong commitment for their personal safety, the safety of co-workers, and promoting a safe work environment, consistent with company and site HSE goals. 
  • Strong commitment to process safety.
  • Maintain existing processes and equipment and upgrade to improve the quality of data.
  • Troubleshoot and coordinate repairs of assigned equipment, including working with site maintenance personnel when appropriate.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain computer-based process control systems [experience with LabView preferred].
  • Participate in process hazard analyses of process equipment.
  • Conduct laboratory experiments related to catalyst chemistry, olefin polymerization, polymer characterization, and polymer processing.
  • Interface effectively with R&D Researchers with the planning, execution, problem solving, and communication of experimental results.
  • Work effectively with others in a team environment to accomplish group and site goals to achieve optimal results in a safe and effective manner.
  • Engage in frequent dialog with supervisor and others to continually enhance personal and group safety, performance, and development.

Min. Qualifications

Associates degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or a related technical field, preferably with 3 or more years of experience working in an R&D laboratory or related industry operation, ideally with an aptitude for equipment maintenance and operation and process control knowledge. A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or engineering is preferred.

Critical Compentencies/Behaviors

  • Commitment to personal safety and the safety of coworkers, including intervening when necessary.
  • Highly self-motivated individual, committed to developing quality laboratory data in a safe, timely, and effective manner.
  • Excellent trouble-shooting and mechanical skills, to maintain process equipment.
  • Laboratory or chemical experience with a strong chemical and mechanical background, including personal and process safety.
  • Excellent chemical handling skills and willingness to work with hazardous and/or flammable chemicals with proper safety precautions, equipment, and training.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Excel, Outlook, and Word.
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Positive team behaviors, including interpersonal skills, positive attitude, sharing information, and giving and accepting feedback.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Good organizational and time management skills, in order to effectively manage multiple and/or changing priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent eye-hand coordination and range of motion; Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to bend, squat, or kneel; Ability to descend four flights of stairs at a time.
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds from waist to shoulder occasionally
  • Ability to exert up to 70 pounds of push or pull force and 40 pounds of grip force.


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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