• Research Technologist

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

    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.


    As a Research Technologist, the successful candidate will join NOVA Chemicals Polyethylene Product and Catalyst R&D department to conduct work in the field of polymer characterization as a member of the Analytical Testing Services team. Assignments will include a range of activities that involve thermal characterization of polyolefins. This is an entry level. NOVA Chemicals will provide extensive training to the successful candidate.



    Analytical Chemistry:

    • Perform testing on equipment such as:
      • Capillary Rheometers
      • Rotational Rheometers
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeters (DSC)
    • Analyzing data and reporting results using a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System);
    • Sample and waste management.



    • Handle and prepare samples for characterization / assessment;
    • Maintain accurate records of laboratory work;
    • Document analytical procedures, results and observations, write and contribute to reports describing results, and interpreting data;
    • Contribute to standard operating procedures and laboratory test procedures;
    • Maintain laboratory equipment;
    • Present work activities and progress to work team and leadership;
    • Understand and apply Responsible Care principles, practices and procedures.


    The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s of Science degree (i.e. Chemistry) with 1 - 3 years of related experience or a technical diploma with 3 - 5 years of related practical experience coupled with:


    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
    • Effective interpersonal skills to facilitate working in a multi-functional and multi-cultural environment;
    • Results oriented and the ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently;
    • Ability to work in a safe and responsible manner;
    • Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving, mechanical and computer skills.


    In addition, the desired candidate will have experience and knowledge in one or more of the following:


    • Operation and maintenance of rheometers, including calibration and general maintenance;
    • Use of haul-off accessories for melt strength testing;
    • Handling and preparation of polymer samples for analysis.

    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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