Sr R&D Engineer in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas, United States

Job Overview:
Sr. R&D Engineer is responsible for designing, coordinating, and executing experimental pilot plant studies to develop new or improved refining and petrochemical processes. The position must provide technical support for process scale-up, commercial design, and business development. 
Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities
  • Responsible for designing, coordinating, and executing experimental pilot plant studies to develop new or improved refining and petrochemical processes.
  • Responsible for building simulation tools to facilitate commercial design.
  • Plan and manage projects to develop and advance new reactor technology from the laboratory scale, through the pilot scale & commercial implementation.
  • Engage in project engineering to direct project for pilot plant construction, modification and operation to support R&D projects.
  • Develop a theoretical as well as a practical understanding of kinetics and mass transfer limitations of reactions, and improve process by overcoming these limitations.
  • A working knowledge of the methods for the generation and application of data for the safe design and operation of reactive systems is desired.
  • Responsible for designing pilot plant experiments and analyzing pilot data using engineering fundamentals for process development.
  • Integrate HSE requirements into planning, design and execution of work including PSM and Management of Change for PSM applicable area activities.
  • Communicate with business development managers/technical managers to organize/execute commercial demonstration.
  • Assist with the design of new pilot plants and modification of existing pilot plants.
  • Develop equipment lists, prices, and prepare requests for capital spending (AFEs).
  • Actively engage with members of the development team, including Operations, Maintenance, and the Analytical group.
  • Monitor pilot plant operations and review ongoing guidelines and instructions to Operations/Maintenance/Analytical and other team members.
  • Analyze data and track experiments with appropriate reactor models.
  • Document results of experiment studies.
  • Apply knowledge of MOC protocol.
  • Advance programs using a stage-gate process.
  • Communicate effectively with Maintenance, Operations, Analytical and Technology Managers to ensure the R&D program generates the required technical information for deployment of good engineering design practices.
Basic Qualifications:
  • PhDs degree in Chemical Engineering with 1-3 years of industrial experience preferred
  • Research/Industrial experience in both process modeling and lab-scale experiments preferred
  • Strong background in fundamental chemical engineering principles (thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, unit operations, reaction kinetics, fluid mechanics, process modeling, etc.) required
  • Excellent technical, written and verbal communication skills; able to deliver technical messages effectively to technical and non-technical stakeholders and team members
  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deliver on their objectives
Company Overview:
McDermott is a premier, fully-integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry. For more than a century, customers have trusted McDermott to design and build end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutionsfrom the wellhead to the storage tankto transport and transform oil and gas into the products the world needs today.

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