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Analytical Chemist

Analytical Chemist

  • Location United States of America - California - San Diego
  • Travel required Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ081776
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary

Job Family Group:

Research & Technology Group

Job Description:

At bp, we’re reimagining energy for people and our planet. We want to help the world reach net zero and improve people’s lives. Technology innovation will play a vital role in shaping the scale-up and commercialization of the net zero building blocks – and bp is investing in focused research and development (R&D) to generate future competitive advantage. 

The Technology organization at bp conducts in-house science and R&D with the Applied Sciences (AS) focusing on the physical and biological world. The AS teams have the remit to differentiate the present and innovate the future, we help to maintain the competitiveness of our established businesses, such as Castrol and Fuels, while also creating the technology foundations for our transition growth businesses including biofuels, renewables, hydrogen and electrification.

We are currently looking to deepen our focus in a number of key areas and plan to establish a number of dedicated innovation squads covering identified growth areas.

Job description:

This is an opportunity to join us in creating, growing, and delivering innovation to reimagine energy for people and our planet.

The advanced bio & physical sciences for low carbon energy team is the central research organisation for biosciences, chemistry, materials sciences, fundamental biofuels pathways, green hydrogen/ electrochemistry, and the science of carbon capture. This team also incorporates computational modelling of biosciences and chemistry.  The BSC works to identify current opportunities and assess future opportunities across the range of bp’s businesses, supporting bp’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner.  The Center stays closely connected to bp businesses and external technologies, and ensures the expertise required to progress opportunities through the early stages of technology development. 

The Center also advises businesses on biological issues and partnership opportunities.  The team is comprised of flexible, agile, multi-skilled, innovative members that work collaboratively across the research portfolio.

The chosen candidate, in the role of an analytical scientist, will collaborate closely with the analytical and bioscience team. Their responsibilities will encompass conducting compositional analyses on various biomass-derived samples, meticulously maintaining laboratory records, operating advanced analytical equipment, and communicating findings to the team.

Specific tasks will involve sample preparation for instrumental analysis, employing chromatographic methods like liquid, gas, and ion chromatography linked with mass spectrometry, as well as near-infrared spectroscopy. Working within an interactive scientific community, strong communication skills are essential.

The job demands thoroughness and precision in manual tasks, proficiency in pipetting, adherence to biological and chemical laboratory safety protocols, and proficiency in common lab data analysis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate interdisciplinary problem-solving abilities and scientific analytical skills, striving to ensure safe and compliant experimental practices and fostering an HSSE (Health, Safety, Security, and Environment) culture.

Essential education:

Ph.D. (Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry) and/or

M.S. (Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry) 2 years of relevant experience and/or

B.S. (Analytical Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry), 5 years of relevant experience

Essential experience and job requirements:

The ideal candidate should possess the following abilities:

  • Work safely and autonomously within a laboratory environment
  • Adapt quickly to new techniques and protocols
  • Demonstrate expertise in biomass conversion
  • Conduct thorough compositional feedstock analyses
  • Collaborate effectively with fellow researchers to plan and execute experiments
  • Communicate scientific findings clearly, both in written reports and oral presentations

Required qualifications:

  • Proficiency in troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to deliver high-quality results within tight deadlines
  • Excellent safety record and adherence to complex standard operating procedures
  • Experience in developing and optimizing analytical methods for a diverse range of analytes (e.g., small molecules, proteins, fermentation products) in complex matrices using various analytical instruments such as HPLC, IC, and GC coupled to MS
  • Proficient in generating, recording, interpreting, and reporting precise analytical chemistry data
  • Effective communication skills to anticipate project needs, estimate resource requirements, and collaborate with team leaders
  • Advanced technical knowledge in analytical techniques, particularly chromatography
  • Ability to execute experiments and interpret data from multiple sources
  • Self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills, capable of working well within teams and meeting deadlines
  • Strategic in prioritizing tasks and thriving in a multitasking and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to workplace safety
  • Demonstrates strong "One Team" behaviors, including supporting colleagues, fostering capability development, recognizing contributions of others, and prioritizing team success
  • Exhibits strong "Respect" behaviors, such as valuing diverse perspectives, fostering trust through open communication, and creating an inclusive workplace environment

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience with Agilent instrumentation, including UHPLC, LC-MS (QQQ, QTOF), micro-GC, GC-MS, and software like OpenLab CDS and MassHunter
  • Familiarity with Thermo IC-MS instrumentation and Chromeleon software
  • Proficiency in operating Bruker FTIR instrumentation and Opus software

Travel – up to 25%. Travel between the various locations (in the UK, US, Europe, India, and China) may be required. Must be willing to work in other locations for extended periods of time.

Why join us

At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and exciting environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, and excellent retirement benefits, among others!

How much do we pay ? 97- 139K. *Note that the base pay range listed for this position is a good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible base compensation at the time of posting.
We offer a reward and wellbeing package to enable your work to fit with your life. These can include, but are not limited to, access to health, vision and dental insurance, flexible working schedule, paid time off policy, discretionary annual bonus program, long-term incentive program, and a generous 401K matching program.  You may learn more about our generous benefits at benefits@bp.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Travel Requirement:

Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Agility core practices, Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Thinking, Curiosity, Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), Industry technology knowledge

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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

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