Separation Expert

Job Description

Req Number: 18534BR

Position Description:
The incumbent brings an exceptional level of knowledge in the fundamentals of mass transfer and separation technologies, including absorbers, phase separators, extraction systems, filtration, centrifuge, crystallization, adsorption, and membranes. He/she is considered Aramco’s foremost expert in separation technologies and equipment. He/she is instrumental in the scale-up and deployment of separation solutions – from bench scale to industrial use. He/she anticipates future trends/developments in separation technologies and equipment, and stays abreast of new developments in his/her area of expertise. He/she enhances the technical reputation of Aramco in the domain of fundamentals of mass transfer and separations in industry and academic arenas.

Scope
Provides superior technical insight to the R&D program, guidance to the R&D project leaders and to the plant technologists in the area of mass transfer, separation technologies and related equipment performances. He/she is Aramco ultimate technical authority on separation technologies and connects with/brings in the world best separation expert when/as needed. The incumbent works alone, does not have formal line management responsibility. A significant portion of his/her time is devoted to the quality coaching and scientific guidance of R&D project leaders and senior technologists involved in separation/purification. As a member of Aramco R&T Advisory Council, regularly reviews the technology needs from Aramco R&D, plants, and business in terms of separation solutions, and shapes the most effective corresponding sourcing strategy and deployment.

Principal Contacts
Frequent independent contact with all levels of management in R&D, technology, manufacturing and business. Build networks of excellence with outside knowledge centers, institutes, research centers, innovation councils, private organizations, etc., and internal functions/business groups like (Business, P&CSD, FPD, HSEF, procurement, etc.) to create portfolio of options in separation technologies. A member of editorial/consultative boards of leading organizations and journals, related to separation technologies and equipment. May serve as Aramco spokesman on technical matters related to his/her expertise in mass transfer and separation technologies.

Minimum Requirements:
1. Undisputed scientific/technical authority within Aramco, and a broad technical credibility outside Aramco: is a member of editorial/consultative committees of leading journals/associations related to separation technologies and equipment.
2. Extensive track record initiating, guiding, conducting advanced technical projects and developments, with an ability to connect technology, R&D, and operational excellence.
3. Having the vision, the energy, and the entrepreneurship spirit to develop new technologies and products.
4. Having the ability to anticipate, appreciate, catalyze, and make the most of changes and new developments.
5. Chemical Engineering degree (MSc., Ph.D.).
6. Minimum of 20 years of experience in fundamental mass transfer and separation: has a high level quality track record of scaling up separation equipment, of designing/developing innovative separation technologies, of designing and inspecting separation equipment.

Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Provides superior technical insight/guidance to R&D program and plant operation (complex troubleshooting, critical project elements) as Aramco’s ultimate technical authority in separations and connects with/brings in the world’s best experts when/as needed.
2. Drives new high quality science and technical developments in the domain of mass transfer and separations relevant to Aramco’s R&D, technology, and business needs, including:
• Fundamentals of thermodynamics and mass transfers applied to (complex) separation (interfacial phenomena, emulsions, frothing, suspensions, colloidal physics, (electro)-coalescence), filtering, crystallization, adsorption, phase change, azeotropes, complex L/L extractions, etc.).
• Tower internals, trays and packing – specific to the service considered and operating conditions, including direct contact quench sections, e.g., refinery main fractionators, steam crackers; including strippers (sour gas/ammonia, VOC, etc.).
• 2-3 phase separators, including settlers and coalescers.
• Filters, centrifuges, dehydration, and crystallization.
• New separation technologies/equipment and applications, including membranes for liquid and gas separations, DWC, Superhidic (Toyo), etc.
3. Is the “mass transfer/separation” thought leader and oversees/assists the quality of learning and development interventions, imparted w.r.t to the discipline (both within as well as outside). Focus on building skills for the present as well as the future.
4. Builds networks of excellence – extra mural partnerships with outside knowledge centers, institutes, research centers, innovation councils, private organizations, etc., and internal functions/business groups like (Business, R&D, P&CSD, FPD, HSEF, procurement, etc.), for creating a pool of ideas and initiatives in the separation technologies and equipment area.
5. Attracts young talent in the fundamental mass transfer area, and oversees the development programs/initiatives to build their technical competencies/excellence.
6. Builds and maintains relationships with major separation/purification knowledge providers for technical collaboration.
7. Enhances the technical reputation of Aramco in major science/technical bodies, institutes, committees/boards, and conferences.
8. As a member of the Technology Advisory Council, participates to the development of Aramco R&D and technology strategy, and regularly review the alignment of Aramco R&D and Technology agenda/priorities to fulfill Aramco technology needs, position, and sourcing.

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