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Research Chemist Chemical Synthesis

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Date: Sep 16, 2022

Location: Hazelwood, DER, GB, DE56 4AN

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize 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.


The Chemical Synthesis department within R&D supports Lubrizol through the invention and development of new speciality-chemicals and technical support of existing products.

We are looking for a motivated and adaptable Research Chemist to join our Lubrizol Additives based synthesis team, who will use their technical expertise to invent, synthesise and develop molecules with unique properties, interpret and analyse analytical and performance data, and drive projects forwards to meet evolving business needs.

This role is based at the European marketing and technical centre located in a rural setting at Hazelwood, eight miles from Derby City Centre, UK.

Salary competitive dependent upon skills and experience, plus excellent benefits.

To find out more about Lubrizol and the department, see the following links.
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For further information on the Hazelwood site, see the video in the footer.

In this role you will:

  • Be part of a creative research department working on a variety of synthetic projects.
  • Invent, synthesise and develop new additive molecules, to meet a variety of business needs. This includes process optimisation and development to support commercialisation.
  • Develop structure-performance relationships and determine how projects should proceed using logic, experience and creativity to meet agreed timelines.
  • Perform independent research, developing your own ideas to solve technical challenges.
  • Be assigned as the Technical Leader for projects.
  • Document, interpret and communicate results to colleagues, sponsors and customers.
  • Present scientific data at internal/external meetings.
  • Input into other areas of importance such as Sustainability and outreach activities.
  • Follow safe laboratory practices.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • One of the following
  • BSc/Masters or equivalent in chemistry plus >5 years synthetic laboratory experience
  • PhD in chemistry, in a synthetic field (post-doctoral or industrial experience considered a plus)
  • Strong practical, synthesis experience
  • Ability to apply scientific logic and interpretation to experiment planning and project progression
  • Track record of innovative thinking and accomplishments
  • Excellent communication, team working and interpersonal skills, to be successful in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Good project management skills, with experience of managing multiple projects to deadlines
  • Good IT skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Chemdraw or equivalent)

Exposure to the following would be beneficial, but not critical:

  • Colloid and/or surfactant chemistry
  • Process development (scale up and/or troubleshooting plant process issues)


The Hazelwood site is located in a rural setting; around 8 miles from Derby City centre and supports our Customers and Original Equipment Manufacturers throughout Europe and Africa.  Derby is a historic town first settled by the Romans in around 80 AD. It is the site of the world’s first modern factory; the Silk Mill built in 1717 and has been at the heart of the rail industry from 1839. Derby was awarded city status in 1977 and has recently undergone a £1 billion refurbishment to include a new shopping mall and media centre.  The Derby area offers affordable housing, a low cost of living and has a reputation for an outstanding quality of life. It has excellent schools and was voted one of the most desirable places to live in the UK in a national survey carried out in 2002.  Hazelwood is located in the foothills of the Peak District which is well known for its magnificent scenery, but if you prefer something different there are many places of interest to visit.

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