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Chevron Corporation Oronite Research Chemist in Richmond, California

Chemical, oil, & gas process or product research. Includes work focused on creating something that doesn't exist yet or solving problems that require an extended period of study. Includes strategic and production research related consulting. Does not include software development.

Chevron is accepting online applications for the position through June 22, 2021 at 12:00a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Overview of Position:

Chevron Oronite is currently seeking a synthetic organic chemist to discover and synthesize new additive molecules following world-class safety and environmental processes. Position requires a broad range of chemistry skills including: organic and organometallic synthesis, physical chemistry, analytical and instrumental analysis. Selected candidate will work closely with business and other technical groups in the application of chemistry to help evaluate performance of candidate additives and their manufacture as well as address product stewardship and intellectual property issues related to their commercialization.

Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to:

  • Develop new or improved detergent, dispersant, or inhibitor molecules to meet specific performance targets or to advance fundamental understanding

  • Follow processes which ensure that work is conducted in the safest and most environmentally sound manner

  • Conduct and/or interpret analyses of synthesized materials to understand their molecular structure

  • Perform literature and patent searches in support of research; write comprehensive research reports; give oral presentations of work

  • Interact with process development engineers, manufacturing technical and operations, product stewardship, and intellectual property functions to provide chemistry support for initial production and application of new molecules

  • Discuss performance test results with business and other technical teams in order to refine the molecular structure and/or synthetic process and to improve existing materials to improve their performance

  • Create intellectual property through invention disclosures, patent applications, and publications

  • Provide work direction to one or more laboratory assistants

Required Qualifications:

  • Completed PhD degree in Chemistry with proven experience in relevant organic synthesis areas and techniques

  • Competency in safety and OE-related areas, safe laboratory protocols, and prudent lab practices

  • Demonstrated experience in research with a high level of technical competency related to organic chemical synthesis, chemical analysis, and scale-up of chemical processes

  • Demonstrated understanding of product stewardship principles

  • Demonstrated experience in developing intellectual property through patenting and Freedom to Operate

  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex issues, analyze data, and problem-solving through innovation, creativity, persistence, and negotiation

  • Demonstrated prioritization, organization, attention to detail and multi-tasking skills

  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills in face-to-face meetings, presentations, written and verbal correspondence, written research reports, and published reports or articles

  • Demonstrated ability to direct the work of lab assistants, and effectively interface/consult/collaborate with technical professionals and service providers and demonstrated skills in partnership, leadership, and teamwork in accordance with Chevron’s standard of high ethical, professional, and safe behaviors

Relocation Options:

Relocation may be considered.

International Considerations:

Expatriate assignments will not be considered.

Chevron regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas or consider individuals on time-limited Visa status for this position.

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Chevron is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability (including medical condition), military or veteran status, political preference, marital status, citizenship, genetic information or other status protected by law or regulation.

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Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. Through its subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide, the company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at

Chevron is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status, or other status protected by law or regulation.