• Process Development Engineer

    Position Location(s) CA-ON-Corunna
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Job Category
    Eng & Technical
  • Additional Comments:

    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 Process Development Engineer who will couple their fundamental knowledge of chemical engineering, catalysis and kinetics with their reaction/process engineering skills to develop and scale-up new process technology and/or new catalysts to support of our growth projects. This position will be located in Sarnia, ON. at our St. Clair River Site.



    Applying the principles of process engineering, the successful candidate will:

    • Employ process simulation and thermodynamics software as required;
    • Specify, design, install, and commission new equipment/technology required to scale-up processes and support R&D programs;
    • Evaluate and design unit/equipment modifications;
    • Conduct process and catalyst development experiments at pilot plant scale;
    • Troubleshoot units and equipment;
    • Monitor and optimize the efficiency, output, and safety of the pilot plant operations;
    • Collect, analyze, and interpret data from the lab, pilot plant, and commercial operations;
    • Apply and/or develop reactor or process models;
    • Ensure that all aspects of process operations meet specified internal and external regulations/standards including safety and environmental regulations/standards;
    • Interface with the research team, program leaders, pilot plant engineers and operations to develop technical targets;
    • Develop Experimental Operating Instructions (EOI) for pilot plant experiments, document and present results;
    • Manage R&D programs;
    • Leverage and work collaboratively with others to efficiently achieve general interest team solutions;
    • Participate in cross-discipline scale-up and commercial operation teams to ensure smooth new technology handoff;
    • Originate novel patentable concepts, leading to the development of intellectual property assets.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering with 5-15 years of relevant related experience in the areas of process design, research, operations and manufacturing;
    • Knowledge in the following areas is preferred:
      • Process/product development and scale-up;
      • Reactor development and design
      • Competitive technology analysis
      • Project leadership
      • Polymerization processes knowledge
      • Kinetic model development and application experience
      • Intellectual property assessment;
    • Demonstrated experience in plant operations is preferred;
    • Strong communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills;

    A demonstrated commitment to Responsible Care.


    Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.


    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 Manufacturing East Sites are located near Sarnia, Ontario. The Sarnia Sites focus on the production of ethylene and polyethylene and is recognized as a cornerstone of Ontario’s petrochemical industry.  


    Sarnia is situated on the south shore of Lake Huron at the headwaters of the St. Clair River, and just an hour from Detroit, Michigan, United States. 



    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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