• Research Scientist - New Catalyst and Polymers Research & Development

    Position Location(s) CA-AB-Calgary
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    Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience, Internal and External candidates are being considered simultaneously


    NOVA Chemicals’ strategic priorities include growing significantly. Our strategy leverages our ability to deliver game changing technology and create an exceptional customer experience to help meet the growing consumer demand for polyethylene in the Americas. We are looking for innovative, passionate people who are focused on success. If you are interested in being challenged, inspired and supported by a team to deliver your best work while making everyday life healthier, easier and safer, come join us on this exciting journey. We are seeking a Research Scientist to support our growth projects.


    This role will be a member of the New Catalyst and Polymers R&D team at the Centre for Applied Research (CAR). This team is responsible for the development of new catalysts that lead to olefin feedstocks and/or to new polyethylene-based polymers with improved performance characteristics.



    • Design and execute experimental plans which lead to new catalysts for olefin feedstocks;
    • Work collaboratively in cross-functional teams to execute R&D projects in heterogeneous catalyst and process discovery to enable efficient and sustainable access to olefin feedstocks;
    • Search publicly available literature and review nascent chemical technology for feasibility in commercial processes;
    • Research, develop, and propose bold, innovative projects with incorporation of sound decision and risk analysis;
    • Be an integral part of a high-performance team through teaching, sharing, collaboration, and communication with all parts of the organization.



    • PhD in Chemistry with a strong background in heterogeneous catalyst design and synthesis (knowledge in electro-chemistry is considered an asset);
    • Physical and chemical characterization of surface and solid-state chemistry phenomena;     
    • Performance testing of heterogeneous catalysts under batch or continuous process conditions;
    • Proven ability to influence peers, work effectively in a high performing team, and work effectively in a highly collaborative research environment;
    • Strong verbal, visual, and written communication skills;
    • Self-motivated and creative;
    • A demonstrated commitment to Responsible Care.

    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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