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Applied and Strategic Research Placement Student

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Date: 11-Feb-2019

Location: Hazelwood, Derby, GB, DE56 4AN

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimise the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact.   Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets.  These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel.  In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives.



Role: Applied and Strategic Research Placement Student


At Lubrizol, we have a growing student community in the UK with over 30 placements each year across a number of roles.

Within the Applied and Strategic Research department, previously known as Applied Sciences, you will use your creativity and problem-solving skills to develop and test novel chemistries and new technologies. You will be part of a diverse and innovative team of skilled professionals which you will work with on a daily basis, as well as other students.


What you will be doing

You will be primarily involved in physical chemistry research and development relating to lubricants and fuels.  Students will gain an appreciation of the fundamental lubricant and fuel development process and an understanding of the chemical technologies making up high performance products. You will study how the different combinations of novel molecular types influence the performance of fuels and engine lubricants whilst reducing their environmental impact. There is a strong emphasis on understanding and enhancing the thermal, rheological and frictional performance of these fluids.


As a research physical chemist, you’ll be part of a diverse, innovative R&D group generating new ideas and applications impacting our business worldwide. You will work with experienced research scientists on innovative projects, using your creativity and problem solving skills to discover novel chemistries and new technologies for key businesses within Lubrizol such as Engine and Driveline Lubricants and Fuel Products. Due to our relatively short development cycle (typically 2 years from idea to market) you will also probably be involved in the performance evaluation of products you help develop. You will also be expected to interact with our commercial, analytical and synthesis departments in Hazelwood both in the UK and across the globe.


What you will need

  • Studying towards a Chemistry related degree including a year in industry, expecting a 2:1 or above
  • Achieved grade B or above in A Level Chemistry
  • Practical lab experience, working both in teams and individually
  • Candidates should have an interest in applied, physical, analytical chemistry or formulation science
  • Creative approach to problem-solving and a keen interest in the development of new technologies


Why Lubrizol?

We know that Lubrizol is not a common household name, so it may surprise you to know that our products and technologies are in the things that you use every day- from surfaces and fluids in the vehicles you drive, to shampoo, medicines, to the clothes that you wear.

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, combines our unique chemistry expertise, formulation and applications capabilities, and market insights to positively impact the lives of our customer’s end users around the globe.


What we can offer you

  • £18,000 annual salary
  • Discretionary bonus
  • 25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Potential to support final year project
  • Flexitime Working Hours
  • Subsidised Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised on site restaurant facility
  • Free Car Parking
  • Christmas Buffett

The European marketing and technical centre Lubrizol Hazelwood supports an extensive range of clients and Original Equipment Manufacturers across the globe. 

The Hazelwood site is located in a rural setting around 8 miles from Derby City centre.  With a vibrant and constantly growing list of things to do and see, the city offers something to suit all tastes.  Be it lively nights out, a thriving live music scene (Derby recently won the title of ‘the city of festivals!’) an abundance of shops and restaurants, or indeed, getting involved in sports at the Ipro Arena, or the newly opened Velodrome, the choice is endless.  If you prefer more peaceful surroundings the beautiful Peak District is right on the doorstep, offering amazing scenery, idyllic country pubs, and fantastic opportunities for outdoor pursuit enthusiasts.

You will find that Lubrizol offer a wealth of career and development opportunities.  We employ the very best talent and strive to offer our employees the opportunity to grow and learn.

There is something for everyone who lives and work here……

To learn and see what it is like to work here at Lubrizol Hazelwood, please view our video.

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