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Chevron Corporation Research & Development Specialist in Richmond, California

Chevron is accepting online applications for the position through June 30, 2021 at 12:00a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

This is a Research Engineer-Scientist position in the Resid R&D team, Applied Technology unit under Downstream Technology & Services, Chevron Technical Center in Richmond, California. The successful candidate will tackle resid hydrotreating and hydrocracking related projects in catalyst and process development and upgrade resid into valuable products such as distillates, VGOs and fuel oils. Experimentation involves large complex research units, bench scale units together with lab scale catalyst synthesis efforts. The position offers opportunities to provide direct technical support for commercial applications of the catalyst both at Chevron and refineries around the world.

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

  • Safe and reliable operation by ensuring compliance with all Operational Excellence requirements;

  • Use knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis and/or reaction engineering principles to develop new concepts, innovate catalysts and/or process configurations within resid hydroprocessing;

  • Design and oversee research and bench-scale unit testing programs;

  • Design and oversee lab scale catalyst synthesis work;

  • Drive the progress of technical programs in resid hydroprocessing catalyst development and catalyst systems optimization, process development and augmentation and commercial operations troubleshooting;

  • Deploy technology from lab and pilot scale to commercial operations in collaboration with Chevron Technology Marketing (TEMA);

  • Provide in-depth technical consultation to Proposals and Technical Services teams within TEMA; may work directly with customer.

    Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or Material Science or related field;

  • A minimum of 1 year of research experience in Catalyst and Process Development including hands-on experimental and laboratory experience;

  • Ph.D. curriculum must include study of heterogeneous catalysis or chemical reaction engineering or an equivalent field;

  • Ability to handle multiple complex projects simultaneously with solid problem-solving skills;

  • Strong commitment to Operational Excellence in lab, office and refinery environment;

  • Strong teamwork and collaboration skills;

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written).

Relocation Options:

Relocation may be considered.

International Considerations:

Expatriate assignments may be considered.

Regulatory Disclosure for US Positions:

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.