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  • Location United Kingdom - South East - Pangbourne
  • Travel required No
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 140920BR
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary

Our ambition is to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero carbon. Our innovation and engineering community will be key in making this a reality. We have a vacancy within this community for a Technologist in the Investigational Analysis team.

The Investigational Analysis (IA) team is part of the applied sciences group within innovation and engineering. The team uses its deep technical expertise across a range of analytical disciplines to provide a troubleshooting forensic service down to a molecular and structural chemistry level across organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. It combines detailed chemical interpretation and materials science experience to provide both rapid and conclusive technical solutions, to protect the business and advance its products.

A vacancy has arisen in the team based at Pangbourne UK, reporting into the Discipline Management Lead, Global Innovation Analytics, which would be well suited to candidates with background and expertise in surface analysis techniques, to complement the existing technical strength of the team.

Job Purpose:

To provide theoretical and practical surface science testing expertise and services to the whole of bp to support research, product development, product deployment and blend plant activities.

To identify, evaluate and develop technical capability and ways of working that enable bp to deliver our aims at pace and to showcase our technology and build high-value relationships with our partners and customers

This is an operational analytical role in a team of technical specialists responsible for identifying and then carrying out investigational analyses on samples with speed, efficiency and accuracy to deliver results which meet customers’ needs.

Key Accountabilities
  • Deliver safe and reliable operations through commitment to bp’s HSSE standards, values and behaviours
  • Self-organisation and motivation to efficiently and effectively deliver fast, high quality analytical data to stakeholders in response to specific (often unique) queries or problems
  • Provide a high level of theoretical and practical laboratory expertise, with a focus on surface analysis and characterisation techniques
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving capability and meticulous attention to detail to equipment operation, methodology, lab operation and safety
  • The safe operation, calibration, method development, maintenance and troubleshooting of analytical instrumentation
  • Support the Team Leader to ensure all laboratory and site documentation and equipment is compliant with Laboratory Quality Management Systems and auditing bodies
  • Internal customer liaison and delivery of test results and interpretations in a timely and efficient manner
  • Identify and implement opportunities for efficiency/effectiveness improvements in your area of responsibility

Job Holder Requirements:
  • Degree in Chemistry (or relevant scientific discipline) and/or equivalent laboratory experience
  • Suitable candidates will be self-starters with the ability to work in an agile and independent manner whilst also being a strong team player
  • Capable of engaging with a variety of technical stakeholders to understand their needs, determine the nature of the problem, and propose solutions
  • Capable of conducting analyses and presenting technical information to a wide range of audiences
  • Proven expertise of surface analytical test techniques such as spinning drop tensiometer, drop shape analyser, zetasizer and accoustosizer, with a proven troubleshooting track record
  • A knowledge and understanding of testing of electric vehicle fluids would be an advantage
  • Digital excellence through the use of informatics, data management, processing and visualisation tools is desirable
  • Experience of agile methodology and working in agile teams (such as scrums) would be beneficial

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