05 Jul, 2024

Junior/Graduate Process Engineer

£31,000 - £36,000 yearly
  • Mark Stracey Recruitment
  • Oxford, UK
Process Engineer Energy, Renewables & Nuclear

Job Description

Fuel Catalyst / Demonstration Plant


£31-36k + significant benefits

Our client

Our client, a climate-tech spin-out company from the University of Oxford, is on a mission to develop novel catalysts and reactor designs to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into hydrocarbons to meet rapidly growing market demand for fuels to meet SAF regulations as well as for the petrochemicals market, not least surfactants, synthetic lubricants, and plastics.

The business has recently closed a substantial funding round including leading US and UK venture funds, oil majors, traders, airlines, and others. Leveraging this funding round, the organisation will expand its facilities, double its team headquartered in the UK and scale-up the technology with demo plants in Oxford.

Their culture.

Our client is passionate about making an impact in the fight against climate change by developing technologies which can reduce gigatons of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere by 2050.  They believe in hard work, innovation and thinking big. At their core is a belief in teamwork, kindness and having respect for other’s capabilities. They are committed to diversity & inclusion and value diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Position description.

The business is looking for a Process Engineer who has recently completed or about to finish their university course in Chemical Engineering and wishes to make a difference to the world. The role will be varied and challenging. You will collaborate closely with a team of skilled Engineers to identify opportunities for improvement.

You will have opportunities to design, scale-up and operate state-of-the-art catalytic processes to convert CO2 into long chain hydrocarbons such as aviation fuel. You will be engaged in both lab-based and industry-based works and gain a complete understanding of the novel product operation and workflow with hands-on experience.



Key responsibilities and accountabilities.

·         Part of a team of Engineers to design, build and operate their demo plants.

·         Conduct research studies.

·         Troubleshoot various procedures.

·         Drive continuous improvement, innovation in the engineering team to improve quality, productivity, and efficiency.

·         Ensure engineering delivery business procedures and best practices are being used.

·         Promote a positive safety culture across engineering and capital projects.


Qualifications and experience.

Successful candidates MUST have:

·         Candidates must have a very strong academic background – including outstanding A levels and a 1st, or 2:1 from a leading university in Chemical Engineering or related discipline.

·         EITHER have said degree (up to 6 years post study) or will attain it by September 2024.

·         A relevant research project in university.

·         Relevant design project in university (preferred but not essential).

·         Chemical Engineering work experience (preferred).

·         Ability to use simulation software and some programming skills.

·         Student/Associate member of IChemE (preferable).

·         An understanding of synthetic fuels, syngas or the chemical/petrochemical processes.

·         Experience of health and safety in the lab and/or plant.

·         Self-motivated and ready to work on a commercial endeavour

·         A passion to deal with the climate challenges we all are facing now.

·         Ability to listen and learn from wider team.

·         Ability to come into the office a minimum of 4 times per week and to travel.

·         Rights to work in UK.


Interested and suitably qualified candidates should forward a Word version of their CV and a brief covering letter to Mark Stracey at Mark Stracey Recruitment. E mail recruitment@markstracey.com


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