Scientist, Stc-k in SABIC, KSA

SABIC Petroleum Company


SABIC, from increasing the fuel efficiency of cars and planes to preserving the world’s water supply and enabling vibrant smartphone cases, we solve problems in the present to support our clients in fulfilling their goals and creating a brighter future.

About the Job

Job Purpose Responsibilities

  • Plan and carry out in situ and operando spectroscopic and kinetic studies on your own, including experiment design, instrument operation, and data analysis.
  • Grow into an internationally recognised expert in the fields of kinetic studies and vibrational spectroscopies use with heterogeneous catalysts.
  • Provide knowledge to the company’s R&D initiatives and overall operations. If necessary, cross-train colleagues and translate the expertise.
  • Communicate with R&D and project teams about the planning and scoping of characterization projects. Present and report findings clearly, and when it’s appropriate, publish the results.
  • Create connections and initiatives that make use of the Surface Science and Advanced Characterization group’s analytical skills.
  • Oversee and coordinate outside collaborations and services to expand SABIC’s current analytical capabilities.
  • Maintains lab equipment by following operating instructions, identifying malfunctions, and carrying out preventative maintenance and repairs?
  • Provides full, complete, and accurate documentation of all work as required by SOPs and Company policies and procedures?
  • Exhibit a dedication to safety. Complete all tasks in a timely and safe manner. Identify items that relate to safety in a proactive manner and take the necessary action. Take part in safety meetings and audits.


  • PhD degree in Physics, Chemistry, Surface Science, Materials Sciences, or a closely related field.
  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience with vibrational spectroscopies and mass spectrometry in a heterogeneous catalysis laboratory in an academic or industrial setting.

Technical skills:

  • Using mass spectrometers and gas chromatographs; operating Raman/FTIR spectrometers that connect to in-situ cells.
  • Data analysis: knowledge of (micro-) kinetic simulation, chemo-metrics (PCA/MCR-ALS), and the fundamentals of IR and Raman spectroscopy.
  • Valued: Python programming using pertinent ML/statistical methods for assessing the findings and conclusions.
  • Shown proficiency through talks at conferences and publications (internal and external).
  • Catalyst and petrochemical knowledge and comprehension are preferred.
  • Outstanding communication abilities in both written and spoken English.
  • The capacity to direct your own output.
  • A sense of immediacy.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities.
  • Adaptability, originality, and independence.
  • Capacity to collaborate in multinational, cross-functional teams.
  • Capacities to set goals, priorities well, and manage several tasks at once.

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