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Reference ID R26818 Updated 20/04/2021 Employment Type null Experience level Graduates
Country United States of America City/State Houston Work Location Houston

The Role

About Us

We are a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.  With more than 80,000 employees in more than 70 countries, we use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future.

Our operations are divided into our businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas and Renewables and Energy Solutions (formerly New Energies), and Downstream. Our Projects & Technology organization manages the delivery of Shell’s major projects and drives our research and innovation.

Our Purpose

Shell's purpose is to power progress together with more and cleaner energy solutions. We believe that rising standards of living for a growing global population are likely to continue to drive demand for energy, including oil and gas, for years to come. At the same time, the need to tackle climate change means there is a global transition under way to a low-carbon energy system.

Our People

Our people are essential to the successful delivery of the Shell strategy and to sustaining business performance over the long term. Performing competitively in the evolving energy landscape requires competent and empowered people working safely together across Shell.

Shell in the US

Shell has been in the US for more than 100 years, leading the sector in energy, petrochemicals and refined products.  Today, we provide millions of Americans with the energy needed to heat and cool their homes and power the economy. 

We operate in all 50 states, from our Deep Water platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to the Pennsylvania Chemicals complex and our miles of pipelines throughout the US.

We reach our customers through our 13,000 branded retail stations, and we are number 1 in gasoline sales. We also own the #1 brand of motor oil in the U.S. – Pennzoil® – made from natural gas.

We are excited to play a key role in the move to net carbon emissions while providing the oil and gas needed by society for many decades to come.

Projects & Technology

Almost everything Projects & Technology (P&T) does for the businesses – our customers and partners – is enabled by technology. Our ability to develop technology and innovate is often the differentiator that sets Shell apart from the competition. Technology opens doors, unlocks business value, and allows us to shape the future of energy, making Technology Commercialization one of the winning capabilities for Shell.

As a differentiator, Technology allows Shell to strengthen our position as a leading energy company by providing oil and gas and low-carbon energy, thrive during the energy transition and create shared value for society.

The P&T Technology (PTX) integrates and consolidates our technological. As one organization of more than 3000 colleagues worldwide, we deliver value by working on problems worth solving. The Power of Technology, the Power of Impact and the Power of Us will unlock new business value for Shell.


The Biotechnology Team is part of Shell Projects and Technology.  This group provides direct business support and  long range research in the New Fuels, Nature-Based Solutions and Circularity spaces, as well as the Biosciences Technology focus for Shell.  It encompasses existing business areas, including biofuels, chemicals, upstream and nature-based solutions to which applied biosciences add value and create opportunities and new areas that will arise from the possession of such skills.

The Biotechnology Team is global in scope with staff in Shell Technology Centers based in Amsterdam, India and Houston (STCH). STCH activities are centered around Biochemical and Microbial Transformations or systems.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a delivery group in Projects and Technology and a business whose importance to Shell is increasing by the day!


Candidates are sought to fill a scientist position in Shell's Biofuels Research and Development program. The program is focused on delivering low carbon options and Biofuels into the market, primarily from fermentative/anaerobic digestion and includes developing microbial transformation routes and renewable feedstocks to molecules.

Role Accountabilities

The role will be based in Shell’s Projects & Technology team located in the Shell Technology Center in Houston, Texas. The successful candidate will work within Shell’s in-house Biosciences and Bioengineering team, working on new routes to renewable molecules that better harness energy and atmospheric carbon, in addition to supporting the New Fuels and New Energies businesses to deliver value and new low carbon options to our customers.  The challenges in such a role range from novel pathway identification, host development, enzyme hydrolysis, solid and liquid phase fermentation, to molecular microbiological transformations.

Potential candidates will be engaged in a range of activities such as: development of novel approaches for carbon utilization and conversion in biosynthetic pathways, molecular transformation, microbial pathway evolution, enzyme hydrolysis, novel fermentation, and organism research.

Responsibilities will include design and implementation of experimental programs aimed at producing commercially viable biofuels from micro-organisms, considering a wide range of contributory factors; and identifying opportunities and engaging with the development of commercial plans.

Required Qualifications/Skills

Ideally, the successful candidate will have a PhD (or be in their final year of study) in one of the following areas or a related field:

•              Microbiology

•              Biochemistry

•              Fermentation

Experience in one or more of the following areas would be a distinct advantage:

•              Metabolic pathway improvement via transformation

•              Host characterization and modification

•              Solid or liquid fermentation (batch or continuous flow at pilot scale)

Candidates are expected to have excellent intellectual and analytical ability, the enthusiasm to progress their insights, strong teamwork and leadership skills, as well as the ability to broaden outside of their area of expertise. The successful candidate will be expected to work with Shell engineers globally, as well as with external partners.

They will have demonstrated a willingness to learn and apply cross-discipline approaches to solving problems and be happy working in a tight-knit team.

Degree Level(s):  PhD

Discipline/Major: Biochemistry, Microbiology or similar discipline

  • Final year of study or have less than three years of relevant work experience.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.

  • Candidates for US graduate positions must be a US citizen or national, an alien admitted as a permanent resident, refugee, asylee, temporary resident or an individual who possesses valid work authorization.  Individuals with temporary visas or who require sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future are not eligible for hire.

  • In some instances, we can provide work authorization sponsorship for PhD and Master’s candidates in certain disciplines.

  • Candidates must apply via the Shells Career website -

  • Select “Shell Graduate Program” > ”Apply for a Graduate Program Opportunity in Your Country” > “United States”.

  • We require a completed application, an updated copy of your resume and an unofficial copy of your transcripts/grade report to be considered.

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