Senior Research Scientist

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Our Technology center at NOVA Chemicals is seeking qualified candidates for the following role: Senior Research Scientist/Engineer

This position is with the Environment & Corrosion team at the NOVA Chemicals Research & Technology Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
As a member of this team you will provide research support to NOVA Chemicals Olefins and Polyolefins businesses as well as TransCanada Pipeline Ltd. through an ongoing research program.



This is a challenging position, which requires a strong knowledge in the fields of metallurgy, material performance, destructive and non-destructive evaluations and strong skills in analytical, experimental and simulation methods to carry out research projects in related areas.

Typical tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Development of solution techniques, design and construction of experiments and test rigs to solve specific problems/opportunities;
  • Ensure accuracy of results. Identify unusual trends. Recommend and take agreed upon corrective actions;
  • Suggest improvements to numerical approach, equipment, procedures and processes;
  • Coach and mentor engineers and scientist within the team.

Prepare internal technical reports and external papers for conferences and journal publications.



The successful candidate will posess a PhD (or MSc) in, metallurgical, chemical, or mechanical engineering or material science.  

  • Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating excellent academic records and achievements.* PLEASE INCLUDE A COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS WITH RESUME. 
  • Excellent understanding of mechanical & chemical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, metallurgical characterization technique. CANDIDATES WHO ARE SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE ASSESSED ON THEIR FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING.
  • Experience in metallurgy both from a research as well as operation with >8 years of relevant experience in petrochemical, pipeline or related industry.
  • Experience with (advanced) destructive and non-destructive techniques (e.g. failure analysis, root cause data-gathering, fit-to-service and life assessment)  
  • Experience to initiate, lead and supervise R&D projects and/or programs  
  • Experience in providing effective coaching and mentoring
  • Results orientated with an understanding and utilization of processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a continuous drive to improve and is able to challenge the status quo.
  • Ability to work safely, effectively and independently in team environment.
  • Effective in team interactions and relations.
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills both internal and external to the organization.


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.


Additional Comments:

Internal and External candidates are being considered simultaneously


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