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Dow Chemical Life Cycle Assessment/Techno Economic Assessment Research Scientist in Seneffe, Belgium

Life Cycle Assessment/Techno Economic Assessment Research Scientist

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Date Posted:Wed, 21 Jul 2021

Position:Life Cycle Assessment/Techno Economic Assessment Research Scientist

Schedule:Full time

Job Number:R2018741

Primary location:


City:Terneuzen (NLD)

Additional Locations:

Seneffe (BEL)

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DOW has a unique opportunity for aLife Cycle Assessment/Techno Economic Assessment Research Scientistto be located inTerneuzen (The Netherlands) or Seneffe (Belgium).

Engineering & Process Sciences, Core R&D supports new product/process innovation, technology development, and a mix of business-related programs with life cycle assessment (LCA) and early-stage product and process cost analyses (a.k.a.: techno-economic assessments (TEA)). Core R&D will be the LCA center of expertise for the company and will be responsible for influencing internal and external thinking around LCA’s. We seek a researcher capable of collaborating closely with business partners to develop and manage an LCA/TEA projects. This person should conceptualize and quantitatively assess chemical processes and products by applying LCA and techno-economic assessment methodology in order to guide key project decisions and enable improved business and research success in alignment with Dow’s sustainability and process intensification goals.

Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Completing life cycle assessments consistent with ISO standards, including data acquisition, compilation, calculation, interpretation and documentation.

  • Preparing appropriate life cycle information (such as water or carbon “footprints”) for communication to customers or other external parties.

  • Completing early-stage technical &/or cost assessments in manners consistent with established Dow methodologies, and developing customized cost-estimating methods as needed,

  • Collaborating with process development specialists, Dow subject matter experts, &/or equipment vendors to frame-up process performance expectations (i.e.: reaction yields, isolation efficiencies, etc.), toward the creation of mass balances

  • Training other on the fundamentals of life cycle and techno-economic assessments.

  • Keeps current with developments in relevant area of technology. Serves as an information resource for the project team and stakeholders.

  • With minimal coaching, communicates clearly and effectively in a timely manner (verbal and written formats) and effectively interacts with audience for related discussions.

  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of team alignment with R&D and Business goals.

  • Serves on multi-disciplinary project teams to collaborate, provide technical input, and deliver results aligned with team deliverables.

  • Identifying sources of uncertainty in technologies and cost estimates, and applying appropriate tools to understand potential affects (i.e.: sensitivity analyses, Monte Carlo simulations, etc.),

  • Preparing appropriate cost and risk information for communication to Dow business representatives and other stakeholders, including working with Marketing &/or Finance to incorporate cost scenarios into NPV models,

  • Documenting assessments and project results in research reports.

  • Presenting at technical conferences and publishing in professional journals

  • Understands and follows appropriate EH&S standards, policies and procedures applicable to their job. Lead by example in the area of safety behaviors by promoting safe work habits.

  • Mentors junior level scientists.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree or higher in engineering, physical (including chemistry), or biological sciences; prefer at least one degree in chemical engineering.

  • Experience with life cycle assessment methods and tools, through classes, projects and work or willingness to learn.

  • 5+ years of experience with industrial process development, including applied research, scale-up &/or chemical manufacturing; preferably across a broad mix of process technologies (technical flexibility &/or agility)

  • Project management experience.

Preferred locations include Terneuzen and Seneffe co-located with business/Core R&D and M&E.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age , disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career.

Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits

  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visitwww.dow.comor follow@DowNewsroom ( on Twitter.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to equal opportunities in employment. We encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work each day to not only deliver more value, but also have a more fulfilling career. Further information regarding Dow's equal opportunities is available