Houston, US

Title:  Laboratory Technician, O&G

Location:  Houston, TX


Kemira is a global company providing chemicals and expertise to operations around the world.  We are committed to being our customers' first choice by bringing sustainable value through improved product quality, better process and resource efficiency.  We offer a result-oriented and collaborative culture that empowers you to drive excellence and innovation with a major impact on the future.  If you have the right mix of curiosity, a drive for excellence and an innovative mindset, we want to talk to you.  


Kemira’s Industry and Water – Oil and Gas segment is seeking a Laboratory Technician to support our continued growth in Energy applications, in particular Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (cEOR). This position will be located in Houston, TX .  This is technical laboratory based role that supports and works closely with the wider Application and Commercial teams. The position will include analytical support and occasional field visits. The role will primarily support cEOR applications, experience in this area would be beneficial but training will be provided.  Other applications include stimulation, production and oil sands.


Key responsibilities will include:

  • Apply rudimentary chemical principles and standard laboratory procedures to sample analysis.
  • Accurately prepare samples and conduct routine chemical analyses.
  • Independently operate various standard analytical instruments and perform basic maintenance according to established methods.
  • Assist senior laboratory personnel with troubleshooting, advanced maintenance and calibration on analytical instrumentation.
  • Assist field Applications personnel with troubleshooting, product evaluation and method development. Field visits will be necessary occasionally (<10%).
  • Support and assist chemists on improvements to analytical procedures using existing equipment.
  • Collaborate with and support senior chemists and global R&D teams on advanced projects
  • Collaborate with and support commercial teams with customer related tasks
  • Contribute to writing of work instructions, procedures, protocol, and analytical methods.
  • Contribute to the daily operational tasks and organization of the laboratory.
  • Participate in corporate initiatives to support Kemira growth strategies.
  • Perform all work in a safe and environmentally conscious manner by following all EHS policies/procedures/programs.


What you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant science field or min 3 years laboratory experience
  • High commitment to safe laboratory and field operating practices
  • O&G Industry experience with knowledge Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (cEOR) beneficial
  • Understanding of Chemistry and Polymer Chemistry beneficial
  • Ability to interpret and communicate results simply and concisely (Written and Verbal)
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments simultaneously and within agreed timeframes.
  • Ability to self-manage tasks, prioritizing and adjusting activities sometimes on short notice
  • Ability/Willingness to travel to field locations to support trials and troubleshooting, 10-15% of time (During Non-Pandemic operations)
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite, in particular Excel


What we offer:

  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Attractive benefits package
  • Diverse and positive working environment


Find the right mix of experiences and opportunities at Kemira

Please apply with CV, cover letter and salary expectation  via www.kemira.com/careers.