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Praxair, Inc. R&D Process Simulation and Optimization Engineer in Tonawanda, New York

R&D Process Simulation and Optimization Engineer


Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index for 15 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings.

Our products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by brining efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.


In this role you will be a member of the Smart Operations team in the Praxair Digital division. You will develop dynamic simulation models, novel optimization algorithms and advanced process control and monitoring technology for Praxair’s air separation and hydrogen plants, including model predictive control (MPC), real time optimization, multivariate statistics and related technologies. As the R&D process simulation and optimization engineer you will have the opportunity to make a significant global impact to Praxair’s business and push the boundaries of control, monitoring, dynamic simulation and optimization application development. You will be involved in technology development programs from concept initiation through commercialization.

Successful candidates should not only exhibit technical excellence, but be able to champion new ideas and technology within Praxair. To do this effectively, the candidate needs to demonstrate high levels of leadership capability, strong verbal and written communication skills, a team-oriented focus, and an ability to find innovative technical solutions that best meet the needs of the customer. Keeping abreast of new technology developments will be vital for success in this role, thus we are looking for someone that is truly passionate about this field. You should also be willing to travel globally, and be comfortable interfacing with people from a variety of cultures and business backgrounds. You will be involved in technology development programs from concept initiation through commercialization.


  • Work closely with Operations, Engineering and Business organizations globally to drive technology development programs from concept through commercialization.

  • Develop a credible business case for new technology programs and actively participate in the technical development.

  • Lead multi-disciplinary project execution teams.

  • Stay abreast of new technology developments in your field of expertise and actively contribute ideas.

  • Manage partnerships and development programs with external vendors and academia.

  • Communicate results to customers and senior management




  • PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.

  • Experience in dynamic simulation.

  • Experience in optimization.

  • Experience with model predictive control (MPC).

  • Experience applying advanced process control technology in an industrial setting.

  • Efficient programing skills

  • Ability to travel (domestic and international) up to 20% of the time.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills are critical for success.


  • PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.

  • 5 years of experience applying advanced process control and real time optimization technology in an industrial setting.

  • Air separation and hydrogen experience is preferred

  • Experience in applied statistical methods, data mining and machine learning techniques

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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Primary Location New York-Tonawanda

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 18001445