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Chemical Engineering Industrial Placement Student (12 months FTC)

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Together for a cleaner, healthier world.

As the Industrial Placement Student within Catalyst Technologies you will be given the chance to use your chemical engineering skills from day one, putting all your learning into practice by working on projects and development tasks based around leading technologies.

From theory to application

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The aim is to provide experience within our business by working on real tasks and projects where your input is required and valued from day one. This will enable chemical engineers to build on their high academic achievements at university and gain the experience and skills of chemical engineering professionals.

Johnson Matthey (JM) is a global leader in sustainable technologies that will accelerate the transition to net zero. We're dedicated to creating the sustainable technologies of the future. Using our knowledge of chemistry and its applications, we research, develop and create innovative solutions to make the world cleaner and healthier.

Our science and sustainable technologies have a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, chemical processing, cleaner energy resources, catalyst capability and enabling the circularity of critical materials.

The JM Catalyst Technologies business is a global supplier of catalysts, licensed technologies and other services to the petrochemical, syngas, oil refining and gas processing industries. Our catalyst and technologies are used in the production of many everyday products from construction materials and engineering polymers, to cosmetics and personal care products, to fuels, foods, fertilisers, and pharmaceuticals.

We are catalysing the net zero transition by helping to decarbonise the chemical and energy sectors. We develop and manufacture high performance catalysts that increase plant efficiency, improve yields, and lower the cost of production.

The business serves customers around the world supported by technology development facilities in the UK and US and technical offices in the key markets worldwide.

Your responsibilities:

  • Contribute to projects and development tasks based around leading technologies
  • Ensure JM health, safety, environmental and quality procedures are followed and that a high standard of safety is achieved in all associated work
  • Take responsibility for the accuracy of calculations, process engineering datasheets and drawings to specify the process engineering requirements of our technologies
  • Work on Basic Engineering Packages, including preparation of heat and mass balances, process specifications, P&ID development, hydraulic and process safety design
  • Execute process engineering design activities, following JM standards and procedures to schedule and budget as advised by the Lead Engineer, Technology Manager, Project Manager
  • Support the business in giving quality and competitive technical advice to customers (internal and external) and suppliers, seeking consultation as required

Requirements for the role:

  • Studying at MEng level on an IChemE accredited Chemical Engineering Course which enables a placement sandwich year
  • A passion for Chemical Engineering and want to use it for development, design, and operation
  •  Ambition to work in the chemical industry
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong safety awareness
  • Adaptability, a willingness to learn, and good attention to detail

How you will be rewarded:

We offer a competitive compensation and JM Elements benefits package including bonus, excellent pension contributions and 25 days annual leave (varies for shift based roles). Our JM Elements Benefits programme helps our employees understand and manage the JM benefits, as well as helping you focus on your overall wellbeing – for you and your family.

We use our inspiring science and technology to enhance lives. For those who are passionate about sustainable solutions and shaping our markets, we offer stretch and a wealth of diverse opportunities.

We’ll give you freedom to bring your whole self to work and be part of a team where difference matters and all voices are heard, that genuinely cares for you and where your contribution is appreciated. We’ll empower you to lean in and make things happen, to create solutions and value for our customers. United by our values and vision, we’re self-starters sharing the same values and accountability and always with a shared commitment to doing the right thing. We’re passionate about making a difference and delivering a better tomorrow for us and for you – a cleaner and healthier world, today and for future generations.

This role can be based at either our Stockton-on-Tees or Paddington (London) locations, and will commence from September 2023

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • Master's and above (expected)
  • 12 months
  • Stockton and Paddington
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Disciplines Accepted...

  • Chemical

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