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One year internship - Applied Sciences - Engineering or Chemistry - UK

One year internship - Applied Sciences - Engineering or Chemistry - UK

  • Location United Kingdom - Reading
  • Travel required Negligible travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Research & Technology Group, Business Support Group
  • Relocation available Relocation may be negotiable for this role
  • Job type Graduates
  • Job code RQ070554
  • Experience level Entry
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Job summary


Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group:

Business Support Group, Research & Technology Group

Job Summary:

During this internship you will work as an integrated member of the New Product Science team to collaboratively deliver research projects with the support of Senior and Expert technologists within the team. This will develop and test your research & innovation, chemistry and/or engineering problem solving and data analytics capabilities.

Job Description:

Within I&E, the Applied Sciences, is a centralised scientific resource focussed on driving bp’s transition into an efficient, profitable, net zero company. Applied sciences is the home for bp’s scientists; our deep expertise is built on a foundation of world-class laboratory experimentation. ​​Applied sciences is integrated with our customer groups, providing differentiated bp fuels & Castrol products​ to meet the market needs.​

Applied sciences leads the longer-term technology agenda, identifying emerging trends and innovating to develop energy pathways and platforms (e.g. innovative low carbon and bio process solutions) that will provide the future pipeline for our net zero transition.​ 

The New Product Science team provides research insights into future product needs and solutions for sustainable mobility and manufacturing to inform future product design and new business opportunities for bp. It delivers strategic understanding, deep expertise, and embryonic product and services concepts to inform and support the lower carbon and sustainability strategies of the Castrol and bp businesses.

Roles and Responsibilities

Current areas of focus for the team include:

  • Understanding the challenges faced by lubricants in PHEVs as electric range extends in terms of both tribology, efficiency optimisation and chemical degradation;
  • Developing Fundamental understanding and simulation of hydrogen liquid/gas refuelling infrastructure, with a view to deliver insights on design optimisation with reference to operational cost and energy demands; 
  • Cross-functional projects pursuing sustainable lubricant base oils, such as re-refined base stocks for circularity or technology to manufacture base oils derived from waste and/or biogenic feedstocks.


Masters required - To apply for this role, you will need to be in your penultimate (second to last) year of study or in your final year of an undergraduate degree but planning to do a Masters degree in Mechanical, Automotive or Aeronautical engineering or Chemistry, Physics, or Material Science and on track for a 2:1 or above.

We support our engineering graduates to get professional accreditation and become chartered engineers. Therefore, it’s essential that your degree is accredited to MEng (or equivalent) level. To find out if your degree is accredited, please visit the links below. If you don’t find your degree within the links and know it is accredited, then please continue to submit your application and we can confirm this for you.   UK DEGREES ACCREDITED BY THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL , SIGNATORY MEMBERS OF THE WASHINGTON ACCORD   , DEGREES ACCREDITED BY EUR-ACE/ENAEE [only relevant for engineering subjects] 

Location – Pangbourne

Other information  

Please note: you can only apply to 1 bp early careers opportunity globally per academic year. If you make multiple applications within the same academic year then we will only process the first application you make, and you’ll be withdrawn from any subsequent applications.

If you need to make any adjustments to any stage of the recruitment process, for example due to an illness, injury or a disability, please contact us on 0800 279 2088 or email enquiry@bpgraduates.co.uk. If you are calling from overseas, please dial +44 1635 584149. 


Travel Requirement

Negligible travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

Relocation may be negotiable for this role

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Legal Disclaimer:

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.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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