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Sr. R&D Technology Expert - Clean H2

Company: Praxair, Inc.
Location: Tonawanda
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:


The Clean Hydrogen Technologies R&D (CHT R&D) team in Linde Technology is closely aligned to the Linde Global Clean Hydrogen business development teams and a source of key technology insights and a leading partner in the identification and development of technology solutions required to meet current and emerging customer needs. The CHT R&D performs ongoing analysis to identify disruptive market and technology trends related to energy transition with emphasis on the hydrogen value chain. The candidate's position within CHT R&D will involve the identification of the key industry trends that are of importance to current and future Linde businesses in the energy transition areas and assess through detailed studies on specific opportunities for Linde engagement. On specific opportunities of relevance and impact to Linde businesses, the candidate will identify projects to perform technology development including pilot testing and demonstration to realize novel technologies or new product and solution offerings. The employee will have in-depth expertise in various aspects of the hydrogen value chain including production, conditioning, storage, distribution, and end-use applications. The successful candidate will be a creative individual with experience in chemical engineering process, equipment & systems of interest to hydrogen production, distribution, and end-use applications. The candidate will also have knowledge and experience in performing techno-economic analysis of novel processes and equipment to articulate their benefits compared to the state-of-the-art.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently as well as in cross-functional teams involving R&D, Engineering and Business functions. The candidate will also lead project teams on specific opportunity assessments. To accomplish the goals, the successful candidate will create and maintain significant technical networks in the field with external organizations such as Universities, Research Institutes, Government Regulatory and funding organizations. He or she will in addition seek and create partnerships with other companies including start-up's and corporates to jointly develop novel technologies for rapid commercial application.


  • Develop and maintain state-of-the-art knowledge and experience in recent developments and future trends in hydrogen energy transition landscape and understanding of the full value chain including H2 production, distribution and end-use applications.
  • Investigate competitor activities identification of alternative technologies with threat potential.
  • Responsible for maintaining ongoing relationships with highly recognized external institutions in selected innovation areas to develop subject matter expertise and for setting up scan and assessment using these institutions to generate project ideas having potential for significant future business opportunities.
  • Link to technology platforms and other Linde Clean H2 teams to leverage / develop existing expertise.
  • Perform pre-feasibility Gate 0 studies (Technical and Commercial) utilizing process simulation, cost estimation and other tools and techniques to move ideas/concepts to project concepts.
  • Analyse business environment, use cases, target markets and potential customers and derive sound / reliable market potential and business case with appropriate sensitivity check.
  • Performs analysis and interpretation of deep dive results to create development of project opportunities on ideas showing significant promise. Further develops business case and partnering concepts and obtains buy-in for the development projects.
  • Works with internal and external partners to agree on specific project resources. Creates internal and external funding concepts with preparation of proposals to external funding agencies such as US Dept. of Energy to win award and leverage internal spend on R&D projects.
  • Develop commercialization concepts including external partnering.
  • Develop and implement IP protection on key concepts in the selected areas of development.
  • Lead project teams including pilot plant operations as needed until sufficient maturity for handover to business areas.

Required critical behaviors:

  • Visible leadership: Is leading by example and through integrity, encourages individuals to follow along. Is highly regarded by peers, managers and external stakeholders.
  • Innovation drive: Is naturally curious, constantly challenges "status quo" and embraces "out-of-the-box" thinking that leads to change. Excels in rapid problem solving to help move projects along.
  • Intrapreneurial attitude: Embraces change, is risk and failure tolerant.
  • Strategy delivery: Understands technology & market trends as well as Linde strategic targets.
  • Growth mindset: Is a champion of "blue ocean" philosophy and a result-oriented approach to work.
  • Interpersonal & intercultural savviness: Is comfortable interacting with people of various backgrounds and excels in building alliances and trust-based relationships.

Salary and job level commensurate with experience


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering with 10 years of relevant industrial experience
  • Proven track record of successfully developing and commercially deploying technologies
  • Strong chemical engineering fundamental knowledge with the ability to integrate processes and systems for specific applications
  • Creativity, with excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills
  • Independent, driven, results-oriented disposition, with a focus on safety


  • Demonstrated experience with advanced process simulation, systems modeling and techno-economic assessment of new technologies
  • Past work experience in evaluating opportunities in clean hydrogen and energy transition areas or experience in innovation areas such as carbon capture

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by applicable law.

Keywords: Praxair, Inc., Tonawanda , Sr. R&D Technology Expert - Clean H2, Other , Tonawanda, New York

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