Our client, a major Oil and Gas company, is looking for a PhD Bio Feedstock Researcher to work in Houston, Texas, on a contract position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Position Overview: Scientist position in the company's New Energies Research and Technology (NERT) program. The program is focused on delivering Next Generation Biofuels and chemicals into the market, primarily from waste, 1G and lignocellulosic feedstocks, in addition the role will support our growing efforts in natural carbon sinks, specifically in forestry but in agronomy too. As well as developing broader topical, project, and market expertise related to multiple forms of natural carbon storage.
- The candidate will ensure that we maintain a current and insightful position on feedstock types and potentials and will work with other team members to develop practical feedstock logistics and synergies with other land uses.
- We will also expect the candidate to maintain and develop expertise in sustainability issues such as ecosystems services, carbon intensity and water.
- Support delivery of new fuels, chemicals and NBS projects globally (experimental, technical, theoretical, computational) in partnership with internal & external collaborators that address challenges related to bio feedstock availability, type, cost and supply chain
- Support Subject Matter Expert on bio-feedstock to advise New Energies business on new business development opportunities for New Energies and Chemicals projects in East region with bio component
- Maintain competitive landscape information
- Define key feedstock characteristics, availability and regulatory criteria for fuels, chemicals and NBS projects
- Contribute to results published in peer-reviewed publications, internal technical reports, conference presentations, and patent filings
- Develop understanding of the broader carbon and energy system, the energy transition, & the role of emerging technologies
- Establish working knowledge of techno-economic analyses to place technology developments into appropriate context within the area of agricultural and forestry feedstocks.
- The potential candidate will be engaged in internal and external research programs, focusing on analysis, forecasting and due diligence.
- Designing and implementation of experimental programs as well as collaborating with colleagues on, remote sensing, GIS, LCA modelling, eco-system services, environmental regulations and policy. The successful candidate will be expected to work with scientists and engineers globally and with external partners.
- Non-trivial amount (>25%) of travel is anticipated to have sufficient “face time” to build, grow, and maintain collaborations.
- Working knowledge of bio-feedstocks, forestry, farm waste management (manure) and crop developments and the impact of agronomic and external factors
- Broad knowledge of crop developments, energy crops (such as energy/sugar cane, grasses), forestry, manure management and agronomy.
- PhD in plant sciences, agronomy, forestry or a related field with minimum 1+ years of technical research beyond the PhD.
- Practical experience in one or more of the following areas would be distinct advantage: biofuel or bioenergy supply operations, crop development, water management, regulatory frameworks, nature-based solutions, forestry management
- Experience with assessing new developments in the bio-feedstock area and put these in perspective with ambitions in the New Energies and Chemicals businesses.
- Knowledge of the energy transition and carbon & energy systems as well as principles of life cycle analysis