Research Operating Technician

Job ID
Closing Date
Job Category
Operations Technician
Career Level
Entry Level

Additional Comments:

Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience, In order to fulfil the duties of this role, the successful candidate will be required to wear respiratory protective equipment. Candidate must successfully pass a fit test and be physically able to wear a respirator., Internal and External candidates are being considered simultaneously


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. We are seeking a Research Operations Technician.   You will be challenged, inspired and supported by your team to deliver your best work.




In this challenging position, you will be a member of the Technical Scale Facilities (TSF) operations team. This role reports to the TSF Team Leader. Responsibilities will include:

  • Operate small-scale pilot plant reactor units at target conditions.
  • Troubleshooting and instituting corrective actions when necessary, as per experimental operating instructions (EOIs).
  • Monitor instrumentation for normal behaviour, and react to anomalies in the process as they occur.
  • Perform physical tests on products produced.
  • Maintain and repair process equipment and instrumentation as required.
  • Apply the Facility Change Management (FCM) process and contribute to the preparation of required documentation.
  • Assist with the design, construction and commissioning of subsystems to enhance unit performance.
  • Review and revise Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Procedures, Maintenance Procedures, and associated training documentation.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of team processes, project plans and the safety of operations.
  • Be an active member of the CAR (Centre for Applied Research) Emergency Response Team (ERT).
  • This role is a shift position. The operations role will require working rotating 12-hour shifts from Monday to Friday 


The success candidate will possess post-secondary education in Chemical, Instrumentation, or Mechanical Engineering Technology, Chemistry, 4th Class Power Engineering or equivalent experience is required.

  • Possess a strong mechanical/hands-on aptitude.
  • Excellent analytical ability.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a close team environment and be able to work independently to solve process and technical issues.
  • Applicant should possess the initiative to find opportunities that could lead to improvements in the process.
  • Solid working knowledge of PC software such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint.
  • Experience with polyethylene operations or a related industry is an asset.


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.



Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed