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Sr Lab Technician


INEOS Nitriles

Interested in joining a winning team? A team whose employees share in the ownership of the business and are empowered to make a difference?

Organizational context and job purpose

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products. Its production network spans 171 manufacturing facilities in 24 countries throughout the world.

INEOS Nitriles is the world’s largest supplier of Acrylonitrile and Acetonitrile and the industry leader in technology, including Acrylonitrile Catalyst.

The Total Quality Management System shall be incorporated into all job activities.  All job activities should be executed in a safe and efficient manner consistent with the INEOS 20 Principles.

The candidate for this job will be part of the Catalyst Research and Development Team, supporting the development of new catalysts and Acrylonitrile operations.


Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Actively support the INEOS 20 Principles and the INEOS Nitriles Culture of Prevention.
  • Operates pilot plants as assigned under direct experienced supervision as well as in non-supervised environment.
  • Constructs pilot test equipment and apparatus including pressure vessels, pumps, compressors, heaters, agitators, tubing and piping, and safety devices.
  • Performs analytical testing of process end products using a variety of analytical devices.
  • Collects data and calculates material balances.
  • Analyses data for accuracy and consistency based on past experience in pilot plant operations.
  • Communicates with supervisor or engineer all issues related to unit operation. Responds properly to emergencies.
  • Actively participates in team meetings and safety reviews.  Provides sound recommendations and solutions to the projects based on experience with specific pilot plants.
  • Maintains an orderly work area and regular housekeeping of the Pilot Plant area.

Skills & Knowledge Required


  • High School degree w/ technical school degree in related field preferred.  Class K Wastewater license a plus.
  • 5 years of relevant operations experience preferred or equivalent operational training. The grade level would be commensurate with experience.
  • Must be familiar with the Distributed Control System (DCS) operation, basic instrumentation, and how to use the PC. 
  • Must possess good mechanical aptitude - particularly with tubing, piping, and the use of small and large hand tools.
  • Must understand process operations and have the ability to recognize and respond to operational difficulties and potential safety concerns.
  • Must be familiar with chemical handling procedures and understand MSDSs.
  • Must be willing and have the ability to work in cooperation with the engineering staff as part of a team focused on project targets, as well as contributing to the overall effective operation of the Pilot Plant Operations Team.
  • Proficient in Mircrosoft Office platform


  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Climbing stairs and ladders while monitoring and working on equipment.
  • Standing majority of the time to take readings.
  • Retention of product drums, moving drums, weighing approximately 200 lbs., using a hand truck or other handling devices
  • Lifting and moving materials/equipment weighing up to 40 lbs within full range of motion, i.e. large flanges, compressors, and pumps.
  • Working in humidity extremes, non-air-conditioned unit in the Pilot Plant area.
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Working with pneumatic tools.
  • Bending, stooping, and reaching. During work on piping vessels and equipment to perform maintenance work.
  • Becoming a certified forklift driver to be able to perform warehouse duties.
  • Ability to be respirator trained and certified.

Expected Salary Range:

$66,000.00 - $79,100.00 based on skills and experience

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.