Process Development / Scale-up Engineer


Baytown, TX, US

Company:  ExxonMobil

Job Summary


At ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy providers and chemical manufacturers, we develop and apply next-generation technologies to help safely and responsibly meet the world’s growing needs for energy and high-quality chemical products. Affordable and sustainable energy solutions are required to advance global prosperity. We invest in technology and communities to bring the world better energy. Within ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company, our teams leverage our world-class facilities to research and develop the energy solutions of tomorrow.


Process development and scale-up involves multiple aspects associated with identifying a new process concept and developing it into a commercial application commensurate with the business strategy. New process concepts can include new active materials, new chemistry, new feed or product, or new unit operations/process. The role of the process development/scale-up engineer is to identify, evaluate and develop process configurations options and then determine the critical steps for establishing the commercial process readiness for the leading option. The process development/scale-up engineer may also focus on execution of the scale-up of the technology utilizing tools such as advanced modeling, pilot plant experimentation and scaling data to reduce technical risks needed to ensure successful commercialization.


This position will be based in Baytown, TX or Clinton, NJ

Primary Job Functions


  • Identify and screen new process concepts to meet future business needs. Develop options to ensure economic advantage of technology based on understanding of ExxonMobil and industry wide strategic opportunities
  • Evaluate new process configuration options via flowsheet synthesis to identify leading configuration options which warrant further development
  • Assess how the envisioned technology will best integrate into existing operations and the implications integration has on the process configuration
  • Identify and execute methodology to assess commercial feasibility of the concept before carrying into development
  • Determine key parameters for process scale-up to commercial volumes from the pilot or demo scale. Integrate scale-up and overall development strategy for high complexity developments
  • Establish and execute experimental and/or modeling plans to address critical technical uncertainties in the technology commercialization. Identify, develop and utilize correct suite of tools and equipment to accomplish process development needs
  • Identify and define key process/plant integration issues. Develop plans to address through interfaces with partner projects and/or engineering organization
  • Optimize process consistent with business/program objectives
  • Influence and guide product specification setting 
  • Actively seek out and engage third parties where they provide competitive advantage as part of the development

Job Requirements


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering or equivalent degree/work experience with specific expertise in at least one of the following
  • Process conceptualization and flow sheeting, phenomenological process modeling, lab-scale and pilot unit operations, physical model design and selection
  • Will rely on familiarity with the following fundamentals: Unit operation development and design, fluid mechanics, kinetic modeling, thermodynamics, phase equilibria, and process chemistry
  • Driven and self-motivated


Preferred Knowledge / Skills / Abilities


  • Strong analytical, communication and collaboration skills



ExxonMobil is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, protected veteran status, genetic information, or physical or mental disability.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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