• Product Development Research Scientist

    Position Location(s) CA-AB-Calgary
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  • Additional Comments:

    Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience


    NOC: 2112

    Employer: NOVA Chemicals Corporation


    Business Address:

    1000 7th Ave. SW

    Calgary, AB

    T2P 5L5


    Job details

    •  Location of Employment:

    Based at the Centre for Applied Research

    2928 - 16th Street N.E.
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada T2E 7K7

    • Salary: $68.79 to $79.84 / Hour for 40.00 Hours / Week
    • Benefits: Relocation Assistance Program, Competitive (flexible) Benefits Program available. Employees can select from: Retirement Plan, Savings Plan/Voluntary Savings Plan, Medical and Dental Benefits, Flex dollars, Health Care Spending Account, Group Life Insurance, Dependant Life Insurance, Accidental D&D Insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, Short and Long-term Disability. Other benefits.
    • Vacancies: 1 Vacancy
    • Terms of employment: Permanent, Full time
    • Start date: As soon as possible

    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 sustainability.


    Job requirements


    Languages: English

    Education: Master's degree in Chemical or Materials Engineering or Chemistry

    Experience:  10 years’ experience specifically in polymer science and engineering research & development.

    Transportation/Travel Information:  Willing and able to travel internationally, travel expenses paid by employer

    Work Location Information:  Urban area

    Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Attention to detail

    Personal Suitability:  Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills, judgement, organized, team player, accurate, ability to multitask. Problem solver, creative, innovative, adaptable. Customer-focused. Able to work independently and in a team environment.

    Additional Skills:  Participate in the commercialization of new products. 

    Analytical Techniques:  Thermal analysis, Chromatography, Crystallography, Spectroscopy

    Specialization or Experience:  Chemical Engineering, Materials science (Engineering) or Chemistry

    Biochemical Studies:  Macromolecular isolation and purification

    Industrial Processes and Products Experience:  Product development

    Manufacturing Sector Experience:  Plastic. Polyolefin-based resins for various packaging applications.

    Specializations in Chemistry:  Polymer Structure-property relationships as well as polyolefin reaction and process technology. Polymer science knowledge of the different materials used in rigid and flexible packaging, including, but not limited to, polypropylene, polyamide, polyvinylidene chloride, polyolefin plastomers, polyolefin elastomers, as well as ethylene vinyl alcohol and ethylene vinyl acetate copolymers, would be considered an asset

    Specific Skills

    Develop innovative new polyethylene products in support of NOVA Chemicals’ target markets using the array of manufacturing capabilities available at NOVA Chemicals.



    • Use structure-property expertise to design new resins and generate models to predict product performance from the molecular level to the macroscopic level.
    • Prepare patent landscapes on new resin architectures and capture intellectual property.
    • Seek novel uses for polyethylene in flexible and/or rigid packaging applications, including material substitution, packaging redesign, and improving the sustainability of polyethylene-based packaging.
    • Represent NOVA Chemicals as a solutions provider through meetings with customers and presence at conferences and tradeshows.
    • Work cross-functionally with process R&D, manufacturing, marketing, technical service, sales and others, to ensure technical developments are aligned with market focused strategy.

    Work Setting:  Research institute, laboratory or centre


    About Us:

    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.


    The NOVA Chemicals technology center is located in Calgary, Alberta. The state-of-the-art facilities, comprised of the Centre for Applied Research and Centre for Performance Applications, focus to support technological advancements in the polyolefins and olefins fields.

    The technology center is recognized as the largest in Canada.



    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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