R&D Process Engineer - HyCO

  • Company: Praxair
  • Location: Tonawanda, New York
  • Posted: October 26, 2017
  • Reference ID: 17002585
For more than 100 years, Praxair has taken something as fundamental as air and turned it into ways to make food taste better, plants operate cleaner and more efficiently, breathing easier and entertainment more exciting - in short, to make all our lives better. Praxair is a Fortune 250 company with products and technology that impact more than 20 different industries. We’re one of the world’s largest industrial gases businesses and you see our work every day, often without realizing it.

Praxair operates over 50 hydrogen production facilities and seven hydrogen pipeline systems worldwide. Refinery and chemical customers benefit from Praxair’s complete portfolio of large-volume industrial gases, cylinder gases and specialized technologies and services. Hydrogen is essential in today’s refining industry for upgrading heavy crude oils into refined fuels, and helping to meet increasingly tight transportation fuel specifications. Praxair's commitment to innovation will continue to drive this business into the future.

The employee's responsibility in this HyCO-focused research and development (R&D) position will be to develop and commercialize new and improved processes and technologies for hydrogen and/or synthesis gas production. The successful candidate must be creative, capable of integrating existing and advanced technologies into processes and equipment that reduce capital and operating costs of Praxair’s HyCO supply systems. The employee will also be expected to independently identify and drive productivity and reliability improvements for existing large-scale HyCO plants.

To accomplish these goals, effective collaboration with external technology partners, vendors and contractors will be critically important. Additionally, the employee will need to develop and leverage a strong technical network within other R&D groups, as well as within Global HyCO Business, Engineering, and Operations. Additional responsibilities will include process flow sheet simulations, techno-economic evaluations, definition and leadership of rapid commercialization programs, implementation of technologies in the field, and the documentation of such work via internal reports, patent applications and effective presentations to senior management, including the CTO and Global HyCO President.

  • Define and independently lead HyCO-focused rapid commercialization programs from project ideation through field implementation, especially those requiring advanced and/or customized process modeling
  • Generate quantifiable productivity benefits and/or bid competitiveness for existing and new HyCO plants
  • Collaborate effectively with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Monitor new technology trends and champion their implementation to create value in Global HyCO
  • Defend and grow Praxair’s intellectual property in the HyCO area


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering with 5 years of relevant industrial experience
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and commercially deploying technologies
  • Strong chemical engineering fundamental knowledge of process design, unit operations, heat transfer and reaction engineering is essential
  • Creativity, with excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
  • Independent, driven, results-oriented disposition, with a focus on safety
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

  • Demonstrated proficiency with advanced process simulation and optimization tools, such as gPROMs, UniSim, Aspen, ADSIM, etc.
  • Prior experience with industrial hydrogen or synthesis gas technology

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