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Researcher/Senior Researcher, Renewable Feedstocks

We are looking for a

Researcher / Senior Researcher, Renewable Feedstocks with a focus on separation technologies

to strengthen our Feedstock Research Group in the Technology Centre, Kilpilahti. Our group is a part of the Feedstock and Pretreatment Department in Neste Innovation. We contribute to the development of Neste's future raw materials, the ones in prospect within mid and long term, and their value chains. We are responsible for delivering competence and preprocessing solutions enabling the use of new renewable, recycled, and scalable raw materials for the production of fuels, chemicals, and materials.

Your part in Neste journey

It is a great time to join us!

Neste is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel refined from waste and residues. Our aim is to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. We are committed to supporting our customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tonnes annually by 2030.

As a Researcher / Senior Researcher, Renewable Feedstocks you will work in our Innovation unit supporting our new  Business Platforms and other Innovation Projects in their initiatives to ensure success of Neste´s long-term renewable feedstock strategy.

In this role, you will 

  • Support research and scaling up of various separation technologies, and develop new ones for our Innovation projects focusing on new renewable, biobased feedstocks, such as algae
  • Research the quality, composition, and technical properties of feedstocks, and how these influence their behaviour during various processing steps
  • Plan, organise, lead, and report internal and external analysis and experimental work related to renewable feedstocks and their separation processes 
  • Act as an expert related to separation technologies, e.g.
  • Provide technical expertise for Neste decision making process
  • Support long-term strategy work for sustainable raw materials 
  • Provide business development with technical support 

You will work closely with a cross-functional team of experts, business development, engineering, and with various external partners. Our work combines accountability, cooperation, and the desire to develop and renew.

Keys to success in this role

The best combination of experiences, skills, and background is 

  • Master's degree or higher from a relevant field, e.g., Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Bioprocess Engineering
  • At least 5 years (Researcher) or 10 years (Senior Researcher) of relevant experience from research, process development, and/or engineering 
  • Knowhow of separation technologies, e.g., extraction, filtration, membranes
  • Analytic problem-solving skills with active solution seeking mindset
  • Ability to network and cooperate in-house and with partners
  • Fluent English and excellent communication skills, both written and spoken

We also value

  • Experience in laboratory and pilot scale research
  • Experience in scaling up 
  • Knowhow related to biobased raw materials, their structures and chemical compositions
  • Project management skills 
  • Decision making skills, proactiveness, and hands-on attitude
  • Understanding oil refining processes is considered as an advantage

Our success is based on our people who are the driving force behind Neste’s transformation to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique. We believe everyone is a leader and share a natural desire for collaboration. Our three values “We care, We have courage, and We cooperate” are embedded in our everyday work. Working safely and responsibly at all times is essential to all of us.

If this resonates with you, we look forward to receiving your application.

Join us in creating a healthier planet for our children!

If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please get in touch with Tuulikki Irlén, R&D Manager, Feedstock Research, email, tel: +358 40 511 2249 preferably on Mondays or Fridays 11-12 EEST.

Please, submit your application including your CV, Cover Letter, and our salary expectation by January 30th, 2022. 

Please note that we will be processing applications during the application period. The recruitment process will include interviews and aptitude testing.

The person selected for the position must pass a health examination including a drug test. A security clearance is obtained for the persons with their consent.

Our success begins with you.

Every company needs a purpose, and Neste has a strong one: to create a healthier planet for our children. We are 4,800 dedicated professionals committed to that purpose. Everything that we do, down to the smallest detail, shows our clear commitment to tackling the challenges of climate change. As an employer, understanding and valuing wellbeing is vital for our success. At the same time, we encourage every individual at Neste to contribute towards creating a positive impact on the environment as well as on the people, communities and societies around us.

Neste’s strategy is called ‘’Faster, Bolder and Together’. It reflects the understanding that there is no time to lose in combating climate change or helping to tackle the waste plastic challenge. In order to succeed, we need to act, innovate new solutions and deliver them faster and bolder than ever before – together.

As innovation is in our DNA, we are empowered to develop pioneering solutions to make businesses more sustainable. In 2021, Neste placed 4th on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world.

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