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Job ID : 1081 

Closing Date :

Job Category : Technology 

Location : Centre for Applied Research 

  • Relocation will be considered for this position.
  • Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures plastic resins and other petrochemical products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees take pride in our focus on safety and social responsibility by working together to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability, ESG, and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned 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. 


As a member of the product Development team, the Materials Scientist will collaborate with an experienced team of scientists to use your knowledge of materials to develop new PE products for NOVA Chemicals’s customers.  Your knowledge of materials will also help us develop PE for new applications and new packaging designs.  You will be contributing to the understanding of structure-property relationships, how these can be influenced by the polymerization process and how these can lead to new products.  You will enable NOVA Chemicals’ ambition to realize a circular economy.


You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Devote a high priority on assessing and addressing safety risks.
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of proprietary and innovative solutions resulting in new products and applications that help NOVA Chemicals serve its customers.
  • Participate in strategic activities including developing white papers and roadmaps for product development to support NOVA business strategy.
  • Identify and translate industry trends and customer needs into research deliverables and future strategic business needs.
  • Become in-house expert with fundamental knowledge of “plastics” material broadly including but not limited to rheology, structural properties and interactions with other materials.
  • Become an expert in the applications of PE and develop an understanding of the competition to PE  - other plastics - and their applications.
  • Manage multiple projects or tasks.
  • Document ideas and contributions to intellectual property.
  • Advise and provide support on laboratory and polymer processing equipment.
  • Write technical reports and identify specifications for processes, products, or tests.
  • Effectively interact with the business, vendors, and academia to develop innovative ideas and business opportunities.
  • Able to critically analyze data and draw conclusions and recommendations on projects and advises go/no-go decisions to senior leadership.


What We Are Looking For:


  • Advanced degrees in Materials/Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry, Polymer engineering or a related discipline (Masters with minimum 8 years relevant working experience or Ph.D. with a minimum experience of 3-5 years is required).
  • A strong background in plastics and competitive materials and the ability to use this expertise to identify business opportunities for NOVA Chemicals.
  • Fundamental understanding of polyolefin processing and performance requirements as well as polymer processing and converting equipment is required.
  • Empirical understanding of the application of polymer processing aids and additives.
  • Have proven expertise in polymer Structure-Property relationship (experimental and/or computational). In-depth knowledge and expertise on Polyolefins (PP, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, and specialties PO) as well as formulated/compounded products is required.
  • Have general knowledge on polyolefin chemistry, catalysis, manufacturing process, secondary operations, and application spaces.


In addition, you will:

  • Be a self-starter and proactive; capable of working independently to identify, lead and drive projects to completion while retaining flexibility and maintaining composure under pressure.
  • Have excellent communication skills and foster collaborative relationships at all organizational levels to build and support a team environment.
  • Be committed to product excellence and value (quality, service, and cost).
  • Have a positive and team-oriented attitude with a high attention to detail, accuracy and precision.
  • Demonstrate good practice of the Scientific Methodology and documents their work via technical reports, intellectual property, conference presentations and journals.


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.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age 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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