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Research Scientist/Engineer Corrosion / Material Integrity

NOVA Chemicals, December 18, 2018

NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and sustainability.

The Environment and Corrosion team is located at the NOVA Chemicals Centre for Applied Research in Calgary where we conduct applied research to support our business in petrochemicals and polyolefins manufacturing as well as TransCanada Pipeline Ltd assets. As a member of this team, you will provide research support in areas related to corrosion and corrosion mitigation and managing the reliability R&D portfolio. This is a challenging position that will provide the successful candidate and opportunity to execute reliability R&D projects in an industrial setting.


This position requires a strong knowledge in the fields of corrosion, corrosion mitigation methods, electrochemistry, material performance, and metallurgy. Strong analytical, experimental, simulation and project management skills are also required for this position.  

Typical tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Portfolio management for the R&D reliability projects;
  • Development of solution techniques;
  • Applying ASTM, NACE, ISO and other testing standards;
  • Design and construction of experiments and test rigs to solve specific problems/opportunities;
  • Ensure accuracy of results, identify unusual trends, recommend and take agreed upon corrective actions;
  • Suggest improvements to numerical approach, equipment, procedures and processes;
  • Prepare internal technical reports and external papers for conferences and journal publications.


  • PhD (in chemical or metallurgical engineering or chemistry or material science) with 3+ years of related experience or a MSc. with 6+ years of related practical experience;
  • Proven working experience as a technical portfolio/program/project manager;
  • Excellent understanding of corrosion failure mechanisms, corrosion mitigation methods, corrosion monitoring and electrochemical measurements.  CANDIDATES WHO ARE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE TESTED ON THEIR FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDING;
  • Experience with failure analysis and root cause data-gathering;
  • Experience to initiate, lead and supervise R&D projects and/or programs;
  • Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating excellent academic records and achievements.


Results orientated with an understanding and utilization of processes and procedures;
Well-developed critical thinking skills and an aptitude for thinking out of the box;
Demonstrate a continuous drive to improve and can challenge the status quo;
Ability to work safely, effectively and independently in team environment;
Effective in team interactions and relations;
Excellent oral & written communication skills;
Demonstrated commitment to Responsible Care® and alignment with NOVA’s values.

Please include a copy of your transcript and a cover letter with your resume along with your academic GPA during your BSc. and MSc and a list of your publications.  Please upload these documents as one attachment.

About Us:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The NOVA Chemicals technology center is located in Calgary, Alberta. The state-of-the-art facilities, comprised of the Centre for Applied Research and Centre for Performance Applications, focus to support technological advancements in the polyolefins and olefins fields.

The technology center is recognized as the largest in Canada.


NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.

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