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Sr. Research Scientist - Cultivation Engineering [53738442]

  • Posted Date :

    05 Dec 2017

  • Function/Business Area :

    Research & Development

  • Location :

    Navi Mumbai

Job Responsibilities :

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India's largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of INR 330,180 crore ($50.9 billion), cash profit of INR 42,800 crore ($6.6 billion), and net profit of INR 29,901 crore ($4.6 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2017.

Our vision has pushed us to achieve global leadership in many of our businesses - including our position as the largest polyester yarn and fibre producer in the world. In 2004, we became the first private sector company from India to feature in Fortune's Global 500 list of 'World's Largest Corporations' - currently ranking 203rd in terms of revenues, and 110th in terms of profits in the world. Today, Reliance stands 106th in the 'Forbes Global 2000' rankings for 2017 - the top-most among Indian companies.

RIL ranks 10th in LinkedIn's 2017 list of 'Top Companies Where India Wants to Work Now'. 

Manage a set of assigned research tasks including benchmarking of targets, compilation of research data related to the assigned research and development processes while meeting time targets and ensuring regulatory compliances including ISO, NABL and Internal Management system.

Manage and execute lab and scale-up activities for research and development, cost reduction, value addition and new invention where activities involve synthesis, analytical testing & methodology creation, formulation & product development.

Ensure/validate reproducibility of experimental data produced                   

Organize/Manage facilities for experiments for synthesis, compounding, characterization and evaluation and the scale up.

Work on existing or modify/ invent method development for solving the assigned task in timely manner.

Creation of SOPs for lab and scale up experiments.

Review and validation of experiments and methodologies including analysis and test methods carried out using standard test methods / authenticated samples during the testing

Ensure achievement of set milestones for lab / scale-up studies                                                         

Compile / edit draft technical reports/manuscripts for publication and IP

Manage proper disposal of chemical waste generated in laboratory and pilot plant experiments

Coordinate safety processes such as PHA (process hazard analysis) and PSSR (Prestart up safety review), Risk analysis of new and existing protocols of testing/analysis, MOC (management of change) etc.

Ensure Compliance within one#s area


Job Accountabilities




  • Assume responsibility for high and consistent scientific excellence associated with pertinent Cultivation Engineering R&D initiatives, including all aspects of research planning, execution, interpretation, and documentation.

  • Working closely with the L1 and HOD (as required), contribute to strategic planning covering the full scope of algae cultivation system design, improvement of productivity through optimization of operating procedure and scale-up.

  • Assume responsibility and ensure laboratory and environmental safety, as well as regulatory compliance in all aspects of job performance associated with his/her research.

  • Lead (by word and example) in fully embracing and practicing Reliance V&B.

  • Ensure and validate significance and reproducibility of experimental data produced.                

  • Remain updated on work reported elsewhere relevant to assigned task and coverage areas – carrying out periodic internet, technical literature, and patent searches as appropriate.

  • Create new R&D approaches, equipment/ processes, and protocols – including new SOPs as warranted – for laboratory, prototype, and scaled-up pilot experiments.

  • Develop and apply analytical and diagnostic tools for the monitoring algal growth, both in coordination with outside resources (labs, vendors, etc.) and, as required, as internally-driven R&D initiatives.

  • Assist in establishing and maintaining key external technology contacts (e.g.: vendors, research partners, consultants, academic contacts) as associated with research activities.

  • Lead in the identification, documentation, and pursuit of formal IP opportunities arising from work efforts; stay closely abreast of published IP, technical literature, and industry updates associated with A2O.

  • As requested, assist in the preparation of budgets, budget performance reports, project definition and monitoring tools (Central Planning), and standard R&D operating protocols.

  • Integrate pertinent research results into A2O techno-economic modeling (TEM) efforts, and contribute directly to the interpretation and strategic implications determination of the same.

  • Synthesize and deliver technical progress updates for key A2O stakeholders as required.

  • Represent RIL A2O as required at conference events.




Skills Required (Knowledge and Skills)




  • Deep expertise in reaction engineering, and/or biochemical engineering R&D – as well as R&D planning and documentation

  • Pertinent fundamentals of statistical relevance

  • HS&E understanding, commitment, and leadership by example

  • Understanding and facility with techno-economic modeling techniques, outputs, and significance

  • Research planning, monitoring, reporting and documentation practices

  • Deep immersion in, and demonstrated practice of all Reliance V&Bs

  • Highly skilled (effective and efficient) communicator; demonstrated team player




Key Attributes (Experience and Qualifications)




  • Minimum 4 yrs hands -on experience closely relevant to the requirements for the position

  • Minimum 2 yrs experience with Reliance, ideally in the A2O effort

  • Ph.D. in engineering


Education Requirement :

Ph.D. science/engineering

Experience Requirement :

Minimum 3-4 years hands on experience relevant to the requirement for the position

Skills & Competencies :

Remain updated on the assigned task and related work being pursued elsewhere by conducting literature survey in the assigned research area and possessing sound knowledge on the relevant technologies.

External liaising

Knowledge and participation in commercial trials to understand product requirements and make improvement in developed material/s.

Identify need and initiate procedure for facility up gradation, procurement of infrastructures including new instruments. Prepare/finalize status / scheduled reports.

Ensure compliance with internal technical management systems

Initiate / propose for external experts and collaborations

Follow and enforce applicable HSE procedures/ practices in the laboratory with respect to experiments in refinery and petrochemical industry

Ensure compliance with applicable regulations with respect to environment, safety and IP

Should have sound knowledge in execution and management of the specific field

At Reliance, every employee is expected to abide by the six Core Values and associated behaviours that underpin our way of working. We are also committed to adhering to our candidate charter to deliver the best candidate experience.