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Component Development Chemist

Date: Nov 27, 2017

Location: Richmond, CA California, US

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Chevron is one of the world's leading energy companies, with approximately 60,000 employees working in countries around the world. We explore, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute fuels and other energy products; manufacture and sell petrochemical products; generate power; and develop future energy resources, including biofuels and geothermal energy.

Chevron is accepting online applications for the position of Research Chemist located in 426127, CA California / United States .

Requisition ID#335601

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 insure 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 experience in the organic synthesis of either low or high (polymeric) molecular weight compounds
  • 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

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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