BP Americas, Inc. Senior Engineer – Hydroprocessing Catalyst Pilot Plant Testing in Naperville, Illinois


Job title:

Senior Engineer – Hydroprocessing Catalyst Pilot Plant Testing



Role synopsis:

The Senior Engineer -- Hydroprocessing Catalyst Pilot Plant Testing utilizes his or her expertise in heterogeneous catalysis to support refinery profitability by planning and leading targeted experimental programs. A member of the Hydroprocessing and Reforming Technology and Engineering Team, the role is responsible for guiding catalyst selection for BP refineries world-wide.

This role reports to the Hydroprocessing, Reforming, and Isomerization Discipline Leader, and is a key contributor to the Hydroprocessing Continuous Improvement Forum agenda and performance.

Req ID:



United States - Illinois - Naperville

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:

Yes - Domestic (In country) only

Travel required:

Yes - up to 10%

Key accountabilities:

  • Conduct laboratory experiments to support hydrotreating and related technologies. Devise protocols for third-party testing.

  • Direct the work of operators/technicians and interface with chemical analysts to meet the goals of defined experimental programs.

  • Gather and interpret pilot plant data to draw meaningful conclusions for refinery customers, applying process and kinetic models as appropriate.

  • Ensure that pilot plant operations meet specified internal and external regulations and standards. Maintain safe operation of laboratory equipment by enforcing safe and consistent work practices. Participate in audits and demonstrate safety leadership.

  • Specify and commission new lab equipment, and coordinate modifications as necessary for execution of testing programs. Troubleshoot pilot plants and equipment.

  • Interface with refinery customers and with internal and external technology experts. Support the implementation of new catalysts and technology options at the refineries.

  • Contribute to BP’s knowledge base by leading discussions, contributing to the Q&A forum, and preparing high-quality technical documentation.

Essential Education:

Essential education includes a PhD in Chemical Engineering, with research in heterogeneous catalysis, kinetics, and/or reaction/process engineering.

The successful candidate will have a firm understanding of process engineering fundamentals, and be able to apply the principles of mass and energy transfer and thermodynamics.

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • Experience applying catalysis knowledge to refinery operations is desirable, but not critical. Such experience includes:

  • An understanding of how catalyst selection influences refinery unit performance.

  • Experience using semi-empirical or kinetically-based technology models for supporting commercial decisions.

In addition, the following qualifications are also desirable:

  • Experience managing pilot plant or catalyst development programs using a stage-gate process.

  • A working knowledge of acid-metal bi-functional catalysis for hydrocarbon conversions.

  • Familiarity with Continuous Improvement techniques or Root Cause Analysis.

About BP:

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

Refining Technology (RT) provides technical expertise and support to refineries worldwide which are operated or supported by the BP Group. RT focuses on new technology development and implementation, project engineering and commercial support to grow and sustain the business longer term. RT is predominately based in Naperville, Illinois, US and Sunbury, UK with some staff located near our operations.

Application close date:



Engineering & Technical Services

Job category:

Research & Technology

Countries (State/Region):

United States - Illinois


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Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience with the selection, characterization, or application of hydrotreating or hydrocracking catalysts.

  • Prior experience designing and/or operating lab-scale equipment for kinetics and catalysis experiments.

  • Experience with kinetic model development and application.

  • A demonstrated focus on safe pilot plant operation.

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.