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Reference ID R68235 Updated 15/08/2022 Employment Type Full time Experience level Early Careers
Country Netherlands Work Location (City) Amsterdam

The Role

Shell is investigating novel ways to convert or separate molecules using renewable energy sources in the framework of a Long-Range Research (LRR) program launched in 2016. The renewable energy output is mostly electricity and the main drawbacks are time/weather-dependence and delocalization (off-shore wind power, solar power in desert areas, etc.,).

Electrochemical processes for the synthesis of chemicals and fuels are an interesting opportunity for Shell to play a key role in the energy transition by storing renewable electricity into a molecular vector. In this context, Shell is investigating CO2 electrochemical reduction to more valuable molecules, e.g., CO or hydrocarbons.

What’s the role?

As a member of the Electrochemistry Team the Research Associate will be responsible for the operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of units; which support the testing and development of new electrochemical systems for the New Energies and Long-Range Research business area. The Research Associate will actively contribute to the discovery and development of state-of-the-art technology by establishing and continuing new and existing collaborations, identifying and implementing novel technologies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Synthesize and characterize electrocatalysts and prepare gas-diffusion electrodes, for CO2 electrochemical reduction
  • Construct electrochemical cells (both half and flow-cells) and conduct electrochemical experiments
  • Process and interpret experimental data like, activity, selectivity and durability and relate them to other relevant information in consultation with the project/team lead
  • Operate and maintain units for electrochemical CO2/CO reduction
  • Interact and coordinate with the team the project lead(s) and sponsors
  • Proactively formulate ideas based on agreed experimental programs by selecting and applying the appropriate technology from a broad range of examples in the academic/patent literature and discuss and implement the approaches with project/team lead
  • Proactively identify and raise Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) improvement opportunities

What we need from you

  • Master’s degree in Electrochemistry or Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience
  • Demonstrable experience in synthesis, handling and usage of hazardous chemicals and materials
  • Experience or awareness of product and material characterization techniques e.g., High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography (GC), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Inductively Coupled Plasma spectroscopy (ICP)
  • Ability to source and review up-to-date academic literature
  • Has a learner mindset and interested in an experimental career at Shell
  • Attention to detail regarding safety and committed to a Goal Zero mindset
  • Ability to work precisely and accurately with succinct reporting skill
  • Excellent computer and data management skill
  • Good interpersonal skill and can work effectively in a team
  • Proactive and results driven

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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