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Chemical Engineering Student - Research

Date: Jan 14, 2022

LOCATION: Edmonton, Alberta (CA-AB)

Why you should join us:

In this position, you will be working closely with the Research and Development team.


Student positions (including co-ops and interns) at Suncor are more than just a work term. They provide you with significant and meaningful work experiences to help enable you to figure out where you want your career to go – better yet, many of our students go on to become permanent Suncor employees after they graduate! You will work side-by-side with some of the most talented people in the energy industry, and your work assignments and mentoring will offer you outstanding academic and career growth.

You will use your expertise to:

  • Become familiar with the test procedures and analytical techniques used.
  • Develop a test plan to achieve the specific part of the assigned project activity. Tests will be performed in bench scale experiments. Travelling to the commercial plant for testing may be required. 
  • Perform one or more of: calculations, modeling, experiments, lab analyses and data analyses.
  • Document the results in research progress reports and present the results / findings in a technical forum, as appropriate. 
  • Work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Provide support to other bitumen production or processing activities, if required.

We’d like to review your application if you have…

Must-haves (minimum requirements):

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Chemical, or other relevant undergraduate degree and returning to full-time studies after the work term
  • Strong computer skills in Matlab, Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Alignment with our values: safety above all else, stronger together, operational discipline, curiosity and lifelong learning, and act with integrity

Preference for:

  • Well-developed experimental and technical writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills and learning abilities
  • Knowledge and experience in oil sands and bitumen extraction or upgrading would be an asset
  • Mechanical aptitude for assembly of test equipment would be an asset

Where you’ll be working, your work schedule, and other important information:


  • You will work out of the Research and Development office, located at 9421-17 Ave NW
  • Hours of work are a regular 40-hour work week, Monday to Friday
  • Available for an 8 or 12 month term starting May 2022
  • We have numerous Employee Inclusion Networks who work together to help foster an inclusive and respectful culture and drive positive change at Suncor. Current networks include both Workplace Inclusion Networks (focusing on inclusion and respect for all), and identity-focused networks (focusing on building community and a sense of belonging and allyship for different groups)
  • Suncor is aware that some job seekers have received false employment offers from an individual or organization posing as Suncor. All recruiting is conducted through our Careers site, your resume needs to be submitted to this site if you would like to be considered for a role. To learn more about false recruiting offers, click here.
  • We require qualified and safety-focused employees for business-critical roles that maintain our commitment to operational excellence and reliable operations. We are using technology to conduct virtual interviews to adhere to physical distancing recommendations and we are well set up for remote onboarding and orientation
  • Suncor encourages everyone to do their part and support global efforts to limit the impact of COVID-19 with good hygiene practices, physical distancing, and with care and consideration for the people around you. For more information on how we’re responding to COVID-19, click here. #StrongerTogether

Why Suncor?

Start your career at Canada's leading integrated energy company with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. Our global presence offers rewarding opportunities for you to learn and grow in a variety of career-building positions. We live by the value of safety above all else – if it isn't safe, we don't do it. Our strong track record of growth and a focus on sustainability mean tremendous potential for the future. Learn about our purpose and values.

Stay connected to us:

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment where every employee feels valued and respected. We will consider accessibility accommodations to applicants upon request. Check out our social goal to learn how we are working to build greater mutual trust and respect with the Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Please note that our job postings are typically open for two weeks, so don't delay, apply now.

JOB CATEGORY: Students & New Grads