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STUDENT SCIENTIST - Process Chemistry

Southwest Research Institute
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Closing date
May 17, 2024

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Science, Chemistry
Organization Type
Who We Are:

The Process Chemistry team focuses on analytical support of petrochemical and renewable energy process research projects. The work includes testing and performance of lab developmental and experimental processes, utilization of specialized equipment, and fabrication of sophisticated, custom sampling systems. Currently working to investigate new chemical technologies for renewables, improvement of chemical technology, and catalysts development and usage.

Objectives of this Role:

  • Will be hands on with process development and process testing for chemical and petroleum processes to generate client data.
  • Communicate with professional staff and providing high-importance support to scientific and engineering and/or more senior technical project staff.
  • Must be able to work well in team environment.
  • Compile analytical and process data to prepare concise, timely and descriptive reports.
  • Interacts with functional groups within SwRI to ensure project success. Includes operators, analyst, engineers, and management. Local student preferred to work year round if they can
  • Learn and experience the role of a Chemist using advanced chemical ideas in the area we are working.
  • Perform research efforts, literature reviews to update current chemical ideas for renewables, catalysts and other upcoming chemical technologies.

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities:

  • Set up and perform tests according to laboratory procedures and specifications. Maintain a clean and organized work area; use and troubleshoot equipment as needed to carry out project work.
  • Clean and maintain test equipment as required; and prepare test samples; enter data into databases and use PC applications as required to carry out job assignments and other work as assigned.
  • Prepares written reports of work for presentation to staff.
  • Communicating with professional staff and providing high-importance support to scientific and engineering and/or more senior technical project staff is required. Must be able to work well in team environment.
  • Inspect laboratories to maintain a safe working environment and will report unsafe conditions; observe, monitor, and record instrumentation results during testing to ensure test parameters are maintained within test specifications.


  • Must be pursuing a Bachelors degree in Chemistry.
  • Shift work required.
  • 0 years: Strong interest in chemistry and the technology associated with it.
  • Strong Communication Skills.
  • Experience with Excel and Word Microsoft programs.
  • Analytical background experience a plus.
  • A valid/clear driver's license is required.

Special Requirements:

Must be a U.S. person (i.e., U.S. citizen, non-U.S. citizen national, lawful permanent resident, asylee, or refugee) due to ITAR work in section.

Job Locations: San Antonio, Texas

For more information about this division, visit the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering home page.

For benefits information at our San Antonio location, click here.
For benefits information at all other locations, click here.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Race/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disabled/Veteran
Committed to Diversity in the Workplace

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