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Job ID : 583 

Closing Date : 07/02/2021

Job Category : Technology 

Location : Centre for Applied Research 

Will relocation be considered for this position:  Yes

Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and responsibility.



This role will be a member of the Feedstock Solutions and Sustainability R&D team at the Centre for Applied Research (CAR). This team delivers new technologies that ensure environmentally sustainable and secure access to cost effective feedstock for NOVA Chemicals. Our research programs are targeted to: 

  • Identify and optimize olefin feedstock technologies that support the transition to a circular economy
  • Innovate processes that enable a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for our commercial assets  
  • Invent and/or develop catalytic technologies that deliver flexible feedstock options for NOVA Chemical’s business
  • Develop models and processes that support scale up of nascent chemical technology
  • Research and assess new value stream opportunities associated with the energy transition and emerging circular economy needs


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Manage or take part in projects that pertain to the exploration, development, and implementation of new catalytic processes  
  • Outline milestones and budgets required to meet project goals and timelines
  • Collaborate with other engineering, environment, and strategy groups to enable commercialization of new chemical processes
  • Work with external collaborators to accelerate research outcomes
  • Prepare presentations to communicate results, findings, and strategy to a diverse audience from individual contributors to senior leadership
  • Apply chemical engineering fundamentals to assist in the conceptual design of new processes
  • Research competitive landscape to compare incumbent and new chemical process technologies
  • Protect NOVA Chemicals’ intellectual property for new process technology inventions
  • Investigate nascent technology areas in the competitive, start-up, and academic arena that signify new commercial opportunities for NOVA Chemicals


What We Are Looking For:

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Chemical or Process Engineering with 6+ years of related experience, that includes

  • Demonstrated experience in leading research projects and cross-functional collaborations for development and implementation of new process technologies (PMP is an asset)
  • Registration with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is required
  • Practiced in comparing economics and environmental impact of process technology options using commercially available data
  • Experience in working in high uncertainty projects and driving positive research outcomes
  • Excellent consultation and communication skills. Must work well in a team setting with cross-functional interactions spanning R&D, Engineering, Marketing, and Manufacturing.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Responsible Care®, strong project and time management capabilities, and aptitude for problem solving/troubleshooting.

Please include (all together as one full document) a cover letter with your resume.


You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving. 
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals. 


Additional Information:

  • This position will be located at our Centre for Applied Research in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Relocation will be considered for this position.

Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


Check Us Out Online:

  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for company news.
  • Follow us on Linkedin and Glassdoor for job updates.
  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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