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PAO Research Chemist

Date: Oct 4, 2021

Location: USA: Kingwood, TX, US, 77339

Company: CPChem

You may not realize it, but you’ve likely used a product today made possible by the plastics and chemicals manufactured by Chevron Phillips Chemical. From medical supplies and electronics to food packaging and cosmetics, we create the building blocks for more than 70,000 consumer and industrial products.


Even as a global company with 5,000 employees, we maintain a “small company feel” and uphold a culture of respect, diversity, and inclusion. Ask any Chevron Phillips Chemical employee what they like best about their job, and universally, the answer is “the people I work with!” We value work-life balance, and love to see our employees thrive both professionally and personally. There has never been a better time to work for Chevron Phillips Chemical. If you’re ready to grow with us and become part of our vision of being the premier Chemical Company, apply today!



Chevron Phillips Chemical is seeking a PAO Research Chemist to join our team at the Research and Technology organization located in Kingwood, Texas.


The PAO Research Chemist will be responsible for establishing, designing, and executing strategic independent research projects in support of the company's worldwide Poly Alpha Olefins (PAO) business. Responsibilities include participating in and leading technical programs involving next generation catalyst design, synthesis, and evaluation utilizing bench scale batch and continuous reactor systems. Further, support of scale up programs and operations will be expected. In addition to research projects, the successful candidate will provide plant and/or customer technical support. A core component of the role is to develop intellectual property via the filing of patent applications. Further, participation in research and technology safety programs will be expected.

The successful candidate will be part of the NAOPAO Technology team and must communicate effectively in oral presentations and written documents at all levels of the company. Communication skills will also involve interactions with external customer and industry contacts. The individual must also be able to work effectively with other researchers, technicians, business colleagues, plant personnel, and customers.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to safety
  • Ph.D. in chemistry
  • Must be able to develop and lead independent research projects
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to communicate effectively to all levels of an organization
  • Ability to work within short deadlines for several stakeholders
  • Drive to work in the laboratory setting
  • Ability to work with a diverse team including analysts, plant, business, and R&T personnel


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or knowledge of lubricants, lubricant formulation, and/or tribology
  • Experience with Group III, III+, IV, and V based oils/lubricants
  • Understanding of base stock production methodology such as hydrocracking, hydroisomerization, hydrotreating, olefin oligomerization, or ester production
  • Desire to provide technical support to customers and plant personnel on an as needed basis
  • An understanding of various areas of catalysis
  • Process development experience
  • Experience working with hazardous chemicals
  • Self-driven with high degree of initiative and time management skills
  • Must be highly organized, flexible, and capable of adapting to priority changes on a regular basis



Chevron Phillips Chemical offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and at most locations, alternate work schedules. To learn more about Chevron Phillips Chemical and to be considered for a position, please visit us online today at


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Travel Requirements: Up to 10%

Eligibility for Relocation: Yes

Closing Date: 10/25/2021

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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