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Chief Scientist

JOB TITLE: Chief Scientist

ORG UNIT NAME: Engineering Science



SABIC is a global leader in chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From making cars and planes more fuel-efficient, to helping conserve the world’s water supply and enabling colorful smartphone cases, we find solutions to the challenges of today to help our customers achieve their ambitions and build a better tomorrow.



At SABIC, we combine a rich track record of doing what others said couldn’t be done, with a deep understanding of our customers. But our true impact is as a partner who can help our customers achieve their ambitions by finding solutions to their challenges. We call this ‘Chemistry that Matters™’



Leads research and development projects supporting development of proprietary solutions resulting in new products, processes and capabilities. Shapes technology strategy, creates innovation platforms, defines manufacturing translations, and provides subject matter expertise in the areas of chemical/polyolefin process development and scale-up, reaction engineering, conceptual process design and flowsheet development and comparative techno-economics. Leverages external collaboration with universities and third parties to further technology development. Experience in the field of novel process/product technology development to enable circular economy and decarbonization is highly valued.



  • Leads multidisciplinary teams to develop and propose for implementation new technologies, product platforms with significant business impact
  • Develops new product/process strategies and certifies new methods, procedures and feasibility studies promoting best practices in research methodology
  • Serves as a spokesperson and champion for technology across business units
  • Protects company’s IP position by filing, monitoring and evaluating patents
  • Assesses and addresses safety risks for themselves and their teams, applies higher level thinking about safety to provide paths to abate risks
  • Directs, coaches and mentors multidisciplinary teams within T&I; provides performance feedback, and acts as a technical role model
  • Troubleshoots the most difficult and potentially damaging technical problems



  • Ph.D. in related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience required
  • Minimum of ten years relevant experience in related field, with a PhD (greater number of years of experience with lesser degree of education)
  • Demonstrated technical leadership skills
  • Knowledge of chemical recycling technologies, decarbonization and refinery unit operations is preferred.
  • Candidate needs to have strong expertise in development of novel process flowsheets based on limited and sometimes ambiguous data – for both demo and commercial scales.  Engineering solutions should be developed with a holistic view of the process, and with consideration to technology, operations and sustainability aspects.
  • Candidate should have a strong background in various aspects of process development including reaction engineering both from an experimental and modeling perspective. Experience with scale-up of reactor designs from lab through pilot to manufacturing scale is preferred. A theoretical as well as a practical understanding of kinetics, mass transfer and heat transfer limitations and experience in overcoming these limitations through novel reactor designs is important.
  • Candidate should have demonstrated experience in polymer reaction engineering.  Industrial experience in polyolefin technologies is strongly preferred.


  • You must submit your application for employment online to be considered. Please submit your resume using the “Apply Now/Apply” option on this page.
  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You must be willing to take a drug test as part of the selection process
  • You must be willing to submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process
  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States
  • Relocation if available



SABIC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such will not discriminate in its employment practices, including recruiting and hiring practices, based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Disclaimers (USA):

SABIC is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of SABIC about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at SABIC via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of SABIC; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by SABIC as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means

Nearest Major Market: Houston