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Reference ID R85807 Updated 24/11/2022 Employment Type Full time Experience level Experienced Professionals
Country Netherlands Work Location (City) Amsterdam

The Role

What’s the role?

The Bio-feedstock Researcher is a scientist role in the Bio-Technology team, responsible for leading and supporting multiple research projects. Activities are focused on delivering low carbon options and Biofuels into the market; as well as developing broader topical, project and market expertise related to multiple forms of energy. The team are part of Shell Projects and Technology Chemicals, Downstream Process and Bio-Technology organization. It seeks to solve key scientific challenges to support technologies; that unlock new business opportunities for Shell in Low Carbon Fuels, New Energies and Chemicals. 

The program is focused on delivering low carbon biofuels, chemicals and natural carbon sinks into the market. The role is to define the research and deliver to the Shell businesses novel bioprocesses, which cost effectively convert renewable feedstocks to biofuels/chemicals via fermentation or anaerobic digestive routes. In addition, the role supports activities which sequester CO2 into natural ecosystems.

Key accountabilities:

The Bio-feedstock Researcher will lead research, due diligence, market intelligence and business steer on renewable molecules; that better harness energy and atmospheric carbon, through novel hosts, feedstocks, pathways and processes, including fermentation, solid state systems/anaerobic digestion.

The challenges in this role range from key and deep scientific questions to option identification and external due diligence for the businesses, in the areas of biological hosts, agronomy, fermentation optimization/scale up, solid and liquid phase fermentation to novel feedstocks/conversion systems.


Potential candidates will be engaged in and lead a range of activities and projects in areas such as:

  • Anaerobic fermentation, agronomy, feedstock availability, bio process design and optimization and host organism research both internally and externally
  • Design and implementation of experimental programs aimed at producing commercially viable biofuel and/or chemicals from micro-organisms and biological feedstocks, considering wide range of contributory factors, identifying opportunities and engaging with the development of commercial plans

The candidate leads activities in support of the Long-Range Research platform, ensuring alignment of research activities to long term business strategy. The successful candidate will be expected to work with Shell businesses, engineers (as well as) with external partners.

What we need from you

Candidates are expected to have excellent intellectual and analytical ability. The enthusiasm to progress their insights, strong teamwork and leadership skill; as well as the ability to broaden outside of their area of expertise.

Key Skills and Requirements:

  • PhD in one of the following areas or related field:
    • Agronomy
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Biological Engineering
    • Ecology
    • Forestry
    • Horticulture
    • Plant Breeding

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas would be a distinct advantage: Practical knowledge of biological process design and scale up, fermentation and agronomy, hands-on expert working knowledge of a biological discipline
  • Knowledge of sugars/lipids to biofuels conversion technologies, enzyme hydrolysis and solid and/or liquid fermentation (batch or continuous flow at pilot scale)
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and apply cross-discipline approaches to solving problems and be happy working in a tight-knit team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to contribute cooperatively to a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment

Company Description

Shell Nederland BV is a platform for international collaboration, with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell Nederland, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell Nederland, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career. Shell Nederland is the holding company of most Shell companies operating in the Netherlands. Shell Nederland also has an advisory and coordinating role in numerous areas.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice. We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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