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Research Associate

Richmond, California


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Performs laboratory experiments and tests utilizing instructions and/or standard methodology; interprets results and conducts analyses in support of product and process research and development.

Chevron is accepting online applications for the positionthrough July 20th, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (PDT). 

Chevron has two Research Associate openings in the Chemistry Development & Fundamentals Team of the Chevron Oronite business unit, located at the Richmond Technology Center in Richmond, California.

Chevron Oronite is a world-class developer, manufacturer, and marketer of lubricant and fuel additives and chemicals designed to help enhance the performance of all types of transportation and industrial equipment. It is wholly owned by the Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, whose approx. 50,000 employees conduct business across the globe.

Research Associate position #1: This position will be responsible for conducting day-to-day technical work in a lubricants research testing laboratory in support of multiple additive research and development projects under the direction of Senior Chemists and Research Scientists.

Research Associate position #2: This position will be responsible for conducting day-to-day technical work in an organic synthesis laboratory in support of multiple additive research and development projects under the direction of Senior Chemists and Research Scientists.

Candidates should have demonstrated laboratory experience in an academic or industrial settings and will be required to work on a wide range of chemistries in a safe and efficient manner. Candidates must maintain a high degree of independence and responsibility, reliability, and accountability in planning, executing, and reporting laboratory experiments. Candidate must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with other researchers. This is a safety sensitive position.

Responsibilities for these positions may include but are not limited to:

  • Rigorously adhere to safe laboratory work practices

  • Help maintain the laboratories and ensure a safe working environment

  • Perform analytical and bench testing

  • Use laboratory and analytical skills to complete experiments

  • Lubricant blending and chemical analysis on samples

  • Perform multi-gram level organic synthesis experiments on bench scale, including chemical synthesis (e.g., planning, execution), purification (e.g., flash chromatography, TLC), characterization (e.g., spectroscopic techniques such as NMR, FTIR, MS, and analytical techniques such as HPLC, GC), data interpretation, and data analysis.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively and collaborate with other research chemists/engineers

  • Maintain a high degree of independence, responsibility, reliability, and accountability in planning and reporting results of laboratory experiments

  • Documenting technical research in written reports and presentations

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or related science discipline.

  • 1+ years of hands-on laboratory experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer chemistry, materials chemistry, analytical science, or other closely related science disciplines

  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills, including accuracy in preparing high quality technical reports of scientific data

  • Demonstrated track record of high performance and working safely in a laboratory setting

  • Proven experience working within a team environment and collaborating with other research chemists/physical scientists/engineers

  • Demonstrated Chevron Way behaviors and Operational Excellence

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of hands-on laboratory experience as outlined in the Required Qualifications.

  • Demonstrated experience in research and technical competency in chemistry, analytical techniques, and data interpretation

Relocation Options:

Relocation will not be considered.

International Considerations:

Expatriate assignments will not be considered.

Chevron regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas or consider individuals on time-limited Visa status for this position.

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  • The anticipated salary range for this position is $76,200 - $130,700. The selected candidate’s compensation will be determined based on their skills, experience, and qualifications.

  • Chevron offers competitive compensation and benefits programs which includes, but is not limited to, variable pay, health care coverage, retirement plan, protection coverage, time off and leave programs, training and development opportunities and a range of allowances connected to specific work situations. Details are available at

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