16 Jan, 2023

Lead Scientist, Decarbonization Technology Deployment

  • Geleen, Netherlands
Process Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

Lead scientist in process engineering/optimization, Decarbonization Technology Deployment, NL


In Europe, the SABIC Technology Center Europe (STC-E) is based in Geleen (The Netherlands) and Wilton (United Kingdom). The primary activity of Decarbonization Technology Deployment department is to define, deploy and implement technology development projects aimed at the optimization and improvement of existing petrochemical processes with respect to Carbon Neutrality, globally. The team is the SABICs global expertise center to mature SABIC technical knowledge and address risks to enable implementation of externally proven Carbon Neutral technology options and implement internally developed CN technologies.


T&I Petrochemicals consists of more than 750 employees across six Technology Centers around the world. The T&I organization supports SABIC’s global businesses in realizing its objectives by providing best-in-class technology solutions.

We are looking for a process engineer to join our team. The role is reporting to the Sr. Manager Decarbonization Technology Deployment. 


Job Purpose & Responsibilities


As a Lead Scientist, you will be working and Leading in the Decarbonization Technology Deployment department as part of the professional, global T&I organization. You will be based in Geleen.


Your tasks and responsibilities include:

  • To define and execute technology improvement projects to enhance the performance of existing chemical plants (Globally) in terms of energy, material efficiency and CO2 emissions.
  • Shape Carbon Neutrality technology strategy by providing technical input on CN technologies for all chemical products to BU and affiliates.
  • Scout and analyze Carbon Neutrality technologies under developed or developed at Universities, Institutes and companies.
  • To work in a multidisciplinary setting within the Technology organization where you will collaborate with different disciplines in the business and manufacturing environment where project approval, execution and implementation needs to be secured.
  • To deliver the models and conceptual designs of process modifications to improve production and performance in terms of output, energy, carbon neutrality and costs.
  • Guide team(s) both internally and externally indirectly
  • Support Management Team(s) with addition responsibilities 


Additional Responsibilities:


 Ability to influence SABIC Europe and Global Partner(s)

  • Ability to balance and lead supportive/steering activities at Site and European level including go to for Advice by local manager(s)
  • Ability to work and influence in multi-cultural, diverse Global Community whilst aligning with local and global policy and legal directives
  • Ability to promote local and global corporate values
  • Strong Entrepreneurial and Business Acumen working cross business and function(s)



  • Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree, PDEng or ideally PhD or Equivalent in Chemical Technology/Engineering
  • You have a minimum of 5 – 10 years’ experience in industrial process engineering research and preferably specialized into energy optimization.
  • You have preferably experience in modeling of chemical processes and the use of computational tools such as ASPEN Plus or ASPEN Utilities. You are knowledgeable about thermodynamics, energy/exergy analysis and sustainability.
  • You have demonstrated your experience within process development in an industrial research and development environment.
  • You are able to keep abreast of the state of the art in process technology and gain knowledge of associated fields and disciplines.
  • You have lead (either indirectly or directly) a team and play an important key role as a team player as well as able to work independently on your contribution. 
  • You like to work in a global and multi-cultural environment and respect other cultures.
  • You have a persevering and challenging attitude towards your work environment, but you can also accept other views. 
  • You are a critical observer as well as a conceptual and analytical thinker. 
  • You are able to spot opportunities and translate these into value propositions for the business.
  • You are able to present your project proposals and results in a convincing manner to both business and manufacturing management. 
  • You are fluent in oral and written English (additional European languages a bonus)


Location: Geleen-Brightlands Campus-Chemelot, The Netherlands


Travel: 10 - 15% (regionally and globally)




Interested in this position?


Please apply online by sending us your CV and motivation letter in English. Due to data privacy reasons we do not handle any applications sent by email. For additional questions you can contact: Karl Davies, Corporate Recruiter via email – karl.davies@sabic.com


The application closing-date is 31st January 2023.


Please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment are part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending on the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request depending on local regulations.


Responses from employment agencies will not be considered.




SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We manufacture on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals. We support our customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy. Our production in 2020 was 60.8 million metric tons.


We have more than 33,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, we have 9,000+ global patent filings, and significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.


In Europe, we have over 6,000 professionals running multiple world-scale production sites and 4 technology and innovation centers. We are present in almost every European country. Major locations within our broad network of innovation, production and marketing are: Teesside (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Geleen (the Netherlands), Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands) and Genk (Belgium).


SABIC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such will not discriminate in its employment practices, including recruiting and hiring practices, based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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