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Senior Process Developer/Analyst (Chemical Engineer)


Job Description

Job ID: 307998
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

The Hydrocarbon Processing Group (HPG) is focused on applied research and development in the areas of chemical conversions, applied advanced materials, and the development of novel processes. The HPG group is currently seeking a Senior Process Developer/ Analyst to contribute to a broad base of research and development, including thermochemical and biochemical conversions of biomass to biofuels, advanced separations, carbon capture, chemical and thermal storage, and natural gas conversions. The development of process models and economic evaluations are used to make recommendations to PNNL projects, industrial partners, and DOE. The performance and economic models range from unit operations to full systems (e.g. conceptual commercial-scale biorefinery flowsheets). Chemcad and Aspen Plus® are the primary flowsheet development tools used. Oral and written reporting of research results is expected with a focus toward publications in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at conferences.

Additional responsibilities include the following:
- Frequent and effective interaction with PNNL staff to describe specific process and economic research goals, working collaboratively with other DOE national labs in supporting overall DOE programmatic goals, and supporting DOE in developing national goals and targets.
- Engagement on dozens of proposals and research projects annually to provide the process and economic targets and analyses to feed go/no-go decisions.
- Supporting efforts to grow existing funded research, including the development of relationships with key clients and collaborators in industry, academia and other national laboratories.
- Serving as Principle Investigator on projects or tasks, and responsibility for designing, conducting, and reporting analysis results. This will include guiding and mentoring junior-level analysts.
- Preparing and presenting complex technical reports.
- Contributing to organizational goals, including PNNL strategic planning and prioritizing research objectives.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Minimum Qualifications

- BS/BA with 7 years of experience, or MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or a PhD with 3 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a well-organized, self-starter, with a high capacity for attention to detail. Verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong time management skills, are essential in order to balance activities among several concurrently operating projects. The following are additional qualifications preferred for the position:
- Recognized expertise in chemical process development and the associated economic analyses, preferably with industry experience.
- Expertise with advanced Aspen Plus®, Chemcad, or equivalent flowsheet modeling tool.
- An advanced degree in Chemical Engineering, or equivalent.
- Experience working with a diverse set of government and/or industry teams with multiple roles as principal investigator on significantly complex and/or high risk projects.
- Excellent technical writing skills and a track record of published peer-reviewed journal.
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to the development of competitive research proposals to government and private clients.
- Demonstrated ability to assemble and manage moderate to large complex technical projects, with emphasis on building technical recognition of the research area at the national level.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307998
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Energy Process & Materials
Group: Hydrocarbon Processing