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Date: 08-Sep-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 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.



Research Chemist | Chemical Synthesis

Location, Hazelwood, Derbyshire

Excellent Salary and Benefits



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.

More about the Lubrizol Corporation
More about Chemical Synthesis

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)


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including discretionary annual bonus, competitive pension scheme and private medical cover.

Lubrizol will support you to develop your own skills and progress as part of a global organisation.

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 based on their relevant merits and abilities.


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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