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Sustainable Chemistry Student Placement

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Date: 14-Sep-2022

Location: Hazelwood, DER, GB, DE56 4AN

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,800 employees. For more information, view our latest Corporate Report.

Sustainable Chemistry Student Placement


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


An exciting office-based role has arisen within the R&D division, to join an established team of chemists.  As a student you will gain real world work experience within a niche scientific role, at one of the world’s premier specialty chemical companies. This office-based role will allow the candidate to use their scientific background and training within an industrial research environment, whilst gaining valuable experience within a multi-billion-dollar business.

Along with completing projects assigned to you by your supervisor or colleagues, you will be a key member of the team working to deepen our understanding of the sustainability of Lubrizol’s products. This includes, but not limited to, interacting with areas of the global supply chain and generating life cycle assessments that will aid in providing strategic direct for the corporation.


What you will be doing:


  • Interacting with global supply chains
  • Life cycle assessments
  • Keeping abreast of environmental legislations with respect to our current and developmental chemistries
  • You will be responsible for ensuring timeliness and accuracy of data/projects to performance metrics and internal and external customer requirements
  • Attending relevant meetings with members of both your team, other functions of R&D and the wider business
  • Creating and presenting a technical poster for the student showcase
  • Presenting at the research and development technical joint talks towards the end of your placement
  • Working in a close-knit team within the life cycle assessment group.
  • Collaborating with global R&D colleagues across multiple time zones on projects and run the business activities.
  • Collaborating with other groups outside of R&D across all areas of the business.


What you will need:


  • You must be studying towards a science related degree involving a year in industry, achieving a 2:1 or above (Chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science or similar sciences)
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in an office-based team environment
  • Able to handle multiple tasks and appropriately manage priorities for self and global organisation
  • Detail orientated and results driven
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient with computer relational databases and common business-related software programmes (e.g. Excel)
  • Experienced in capturing, interpreting and manipulating data and databases


What you will gain:

  • Extensive experience using industry specific software including SimaPro
  • Understanding of how a global business and supply chain functions
  • Experience in a technical industrial scientific role
  • Experience in Life Cycle Assessment methods and standard practices
  • Understand global business and strategies towards sustainability


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:


  • Competitive salary
  • Discretionary bonus
  • 33 days holiday (including 8 bank holidays)
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Potential to support Final Year Project
  • Subsidised Sports and Social Club (Some Locations)
  • Subsidised on site restaurant facility (Some Locations)
  • Free Car Parking


Together, we are Lubrizol: Where science excels, and people make a difference.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol.  Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving.  Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers and communities.

We are talented people working together to solve problems and improve lives through science. We are making a difference, and we will never stop pushing to do it better.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of applicants. All applicants will be considered entirely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

Our application process is very straightforward, simply create a short profile and upload your CV and cover letter.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the placement and have completed a minimum of 2 years of an undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of the placement. 



We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications.

Hazelwood is a small village in Derbyshire at the lower end of the Pennines, located around 8 miles from Derby city centre. Derby has extensive transport links with other areas of the country, the M1 motorway passes about 10 miles to the east of the city, linking Derby southwards to the London area and northwards to Sheffield and Leeds. Most of our students choose to live in the city centre which is where you will find Intu Derby – the vibrant hub of retail, leisure and dining facilities. The leisure complex is home to Showcase Cinema de Lux, Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Island Adventure Golf as well as a wide range of eateries and some of the world’s biggest brands. Another popular place in Derby city centre with the students is the Cathedral Quarter which is home to fantastic independent shops, a bustling market and abundance of excellent bars, cafes, restaurants and entertainment! There are plenty of events happening in the quarter all year round! Derby has more than its fair share of bars and pubs as well as one or two clubs. A large student population means that the city centre can get quite lively, particularly on a Friday and Saturday night. In many areas of the city the local pubs have weekend entertainment, and a good number of them sell real ale. There are a good few bars along Sadler Gate, most of them aimed at the younger end of the market.

Take a look at our video to see what our Hazelwood site has to offer.

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