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Research Scientist/Engineer


The Research Scientist/Engineer conducts lubricant research & product development to deliver competitive technologies to the Lubricants Business.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Lead product scientist primarily for small engine lubricants and secondarily for crankcase, driveline, motorsports and industrial lubricants
  • Conduct new product development, formulation and optimization projects to ensure manufacture of products capable of meeting customer and industry performance specifications
  • Product stewardship and operations support for small engine lubricants
  • Support Lubricants Technical Service group with troubleshooting of field issues and consultation
  • Conduct fundamental research and development
  • Coordinate contract testing/evaluation programs with internal and external stakeholders
  • Participate in customer field trials, analyze, interpret and communicate findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • Represent Phillips 66 at customer interface, industry functions and technical meetings
  • Inform lubricants organization of technical trends and changes to industry performance specifications
  • Oversee assigned technician and laboratory to ensure safe and efficient operations while following HSE and Lubricants Quality procedures

Position Requirements


  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • 7 or more years of experience in the lubricant research / product development or technical experience in a lubricants related application
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in chemistry, engineering or related field


  • Experienced in engagement with equipment manufacturers (automotive and tier 1)
  • Knowledgeable in motorsports/powersports formulating and/or experienced in engagement with enthusiasts/end users
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead by influence. Strong oral and written communications skills required
  • Time management with the ability to multitask and prioritize work
  • Exercise professional etiquette especially with external customers and suppliers, maintain confidentiality
  • Understanding of team-based culture
  • The ability to review and provide direction for lubricant blending and testing
  • Project management experience
  • Understanding of ISO and IATF quality standards

Culture Statement

Living our values earns us the confidence of our customers, co-workers and community. In our work, by trusting each other, we are more productive and agile as an organization. We champion inclusion so that we can realize superior results. We go above and beyond to enable our future.

Details about this job:

Supervisor: Jonathan S Vilardo

Location: US OK Bartlesville West

Division: Energy Research & Innovation

Job Field: Research

Relocation: US – Domestic Relocation Policy

Job Grade: 14

    To be considered:

    In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature.

    Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

    Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities abilities

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    If you’d like to learn more about this position or apply, please reach out to Nabaa today!

    Nabaa Alkinani
    Delivery Team Lead

    (734) 821-7286