Catalyst Synthesis Specialist

Date Posted: Posted30+ days ago
North East•Remote

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Location: Saltend Chemicals Park, Hull. bp is now operating a new hybrid working solution for office-based employees, with a split between remote and office working.

Closing Date: 9th January 2022

Relocation Available: UK domestic relocation support could be considered.

We are delighted to present this fantastic opportunity for a Catalyst Synthesis Specialist to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that is responsible for fundamental and exploratory studies in chemistry to support bp group operations and to appraise and develop new low carbon technology opportunities for business renewal.

Advanced Bio and Physical Sciences for Low Carbon Energy is a global team with world class laboratory facilities in Hull, San Diego and Dalian China. The team holds expertise in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, and computational sciences for bp group.

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The role:
Reporting into the Senior Manager of the Molecular Innovation team, the Catalyst Synthesis Specialist will be based at bp’s research and innovation centre in Hull. This team is responsible for advanced research in chemistry and chemical engineering, new catalyst development and research on the development of new molecules for fuels and lubricants.

Accountabilities will include:
  • Delivering safe and compliant experimental operations, contributing to the development of a proactive safety culture.
  • Responsibility for fundamental and exploratory studies in chemistry and catalysis to support technology deployed within the business and the appraisal of new processes of potential future interest to bp.
  • Leading the design and execution of experimental work and interpretation of results.
  • Providing expertise in synthesis of microporous and mesoporous materials, small scale catalyst testing and measurement and the application of state-of-the-art analytical techniques
  • Developing in-house capability by identifying and implementing best practices in catalyst synthesis, characterisation and evaluation from industry and academia.
About you:
You will be qualified to PhD level in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, with a depth of knowledge & experience in catalysis or the use of absorbent materials. We seek a skilful experimentalist with practical research experience in synthesis, characterisation and application testing of microporous and mesoporous materials and ability to interpret and apply results.

It is imperative that you demonstrate effective communication skills, and a collaborative style which contributes to the success of the team. Enthusiasm for learning, sharing ideas and building expertise. You will have successfully led your own projects and delivered results and it would be highly desirable if you have practical experience of small-scale catalyst testing including data analysis, visualisation and modelling.

So, if you are looking for an exciting and purposeful challenge in solving some of the planet’s biggest problems, there is no time like now!



Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group

Research & Technology Group

Relocation available


Travel required


Time Type

Full time


United Kingdom

About BP


Join us in creating, growing, and delivering innovation at pace, enabling us to thrive while transitioning to a net zero ‎world. All without compromising our operational risk management.

Working with us, you can do this by:

  • deploying our integrated capability and standards in service of our net zero and ‎safety ambitions
  • driving our digital transformation and pioneering new business models
  • collaborating to deliver competitive customer-focused energy solutions
  • originating, scaling and commercialising innovative ideas, and creating ground-breaking new ‎businesses from them
  • protecting us by assuring management of our greatest physical and digital risks

Because together we are:

  • Originators, builders, guardians and disruptors
  • Engineers, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs‎
  • Empathetic, curious, creative and inclusive

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