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Principal Materials Scientist

Principal Materials Scientist

  • Location United Kingdom - North East - Hull
  • Travel required No
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 141032BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Join us in creating, growing, and delivering innovation to reimagine energy for people and our planet. The Innovation & Engineering team develops, and scales low carbon technologies needed to meet the world’s energy demand whilst simultaneously decarbonizing bp’s operations and products.

This opportunity is to join the Advanced Bio & Physical Sciences for Low Carbon Energy (AB&PS) team which aims to develop strategic and business needs for new low carbon technologies and products into commercial solutions at pace.  Created in 2021, AB&PS is the central research organisation for biosciences, chemistry, chemical engineering science, materials sciences, biofuels, green hydrogen/electrochemistry, and the science of carbon capture. This team also incorporates computational modelling of biosciences and chemistry. 

AB&PS works with all teams across Applied Sciences (AS) and serves as the AS integration point with Gas & Low Carbon Energy (G&LCE) including Zero Carbon Energy and hydrogen and carbon capture utilisation and storage. The AB&PS team also interfaces with other teams in bp including Launchpad & Ventures, Trading & Shipping, and bp’s Production & Operations teams.

What can you expect of the role?

This role is for a subject matter expert (SME) in materials sciences. The post holder will be expected to work across multiple interfaces to understand and work on the materials science challenges in bp for both the current technology landscape but also the needs for the low carbon technologies needed for the future. The role holder will also work closely with the bp International Centre for Advanced Materials (bp-ICAM).

So, what does a day to day look like?

  • Support the delivery of safe and compliant operations, contributing to the development of an excellent HSSE culture

  • Act as SME for bp for materials science fundamentals as well as innovation in this space

  • Develop an understanding of the materials challenges bp has, and is likely to encounter, as part of the net zero transition and explore the different routes to tackle these

  • Develop new research areas that supports materials science and the bp strategy

  • Along with the Associate Director of the bp-ICAM (International Centre for Advanced Materials) and Materials Science Advisor, ensure strategic direction of materials-related research is aligned to bp’s net zero challenges

  • Support the bp connection with bp-ICAM in articulating challenges that are relevant to bp

  • Member of Programme Management Board for bp-ICAM

  • Provide technical and operational input to support and/or lead materials workshops

  • Facilitate linkages to bp stakeholders to help define materials needs and the means by which the know-how from materials research projects can be integrated into bp

  • Support the management of the bp-ICAM portfolio, bp-ICAM mentors, and relevant reviews and reports

  • Contribute to bp materials science knowledge base by participating in peer assist discussions, contributing to Q&A fora, and capturing learnings in BP’s technical handbooks

  • Mentor junior scientists and engineers, providing materials expertise to others in the broader teams

  • Interface with stakeholders across bp and cultivate a cohesive teamworking culture based on trust and collaboration to further the bp aims and ambitions

What we want to see from you:

  • PhD (10+ years of industrial and/or academic experience) or master’s degree (15+ years) in chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering

  • Have experience of developing materials science-based solutions and innovations in the energy or manufacturing sectors

  • Expertise in one or more of areas such as soft materials, coatings, ceramics, composites, steels, computational materials science, testing and characterisation

  • Capabilities include planning, performance management, strategic thinking, ability to communicate and to influence

  • An ability to create meaningful and effective relationships with members of Applied Sciences at all levels will be important.

  • Innovation, digital fluency, project management, problem solving, and maximizing value.

  • Good understanding of IP and experience in working with 3rd parties to deliver competitive IP

Any of the below would be desireable:

  • Desired experience of working with and/or managing academics on materials science research

  • Experience interfacing with business leaders to appraise new process / product options and identify results and insights to meet their needs

  • Management of third-party collaborations

Points to be aware of:

  • Travel – up to 25%.

  • Travel between various locations (in the UK, US, Europe, and China) will be required.

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