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Jacobs Process Engineer - Life Sciences in Dublin, Ireland

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Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

Under general supervision develop basic engineering designs and specifications on assigned contract; provide process data to environmental groups, reviews and approves equipment RFQ’s, bid tabulations and vendor data; assists in process field work. Acts as area engineer and/or may be assigned equipment or technical study responsibilities under general supervision.

Process Design Basis

  • Applies process design criteria, guidelines and contract requirements to process design work.

  • May be responsible for interacting with licensors, including establishing design basis and licensor evaluation.

  • Applies process design criteria and guidelines to all phases of process engineering.

Flow Diagrams

  • Prepares flow diagrams and participates in flow diagram reviews.

  • Understands the importance of the flow diagram as a communication tool to other disciplines.

  • Is able to prepare and review flow diagrams with total information to correspond to the flow sequence, operability and the safety of the unit/system.

  • Answers questions, with confidence, from other disciplines and clients as to the requirement/function of each item on the flow sheet.

  • Back checks, updates, and ensures consistency with related design documents such as specification sheets and with other units.

  • Prepares and reviews metallurgy flow diagrams.

Equipment Datasheets

  • Prepares process and utility equipment specification sheets. May be responsible for design of a system or a complete unit.

  • Understands importance of the equipment specification sheet as a communication tool with other disciplines.

  • Prepares equipment duty specifications for all equipment including complex equipment such as reactors.

  • Prepares detail design specification for all equipment.

  • Reviews input from other disciplines for compatibility with process design for all


Control Philosophy

  • Prepares instrumentation process data. Assists in establishing control philosophy for relatively complex control systems to meet process objectives, including safety.

  • Prepares control valves process data, relief valve data, analyzer data.

  • Interprets control philosophy of relatively complex control systems.

  • Reviews control systems specification sheets for consistency with process data

  • Reviews logic diagrams for relatively simple loops.

  • Evaluates alternative control strategies to meet process objectives.


  • Performs specifications/calculations and technical studies.

  • Completes conceptual developments of a major system and performs all necessary calculations for process design of systems and equipment within the assigned area.

  • Performs relatively complex technical studies under general supervision.

  • Ensures that calculations are legible, well organized, correctly references as to equipment/system, dated and signed.

Equipment Selection/Review

  • Reviews and approves equipment bid tabulations and vendor data.

  • Expeditiously reviews equipment requests for quotes, purchase requests, bid tabulations and vendor data for conformance to specifications, process compatibility, safety and operability.

  • Ensures consistency of vendor data with other design documents such as flow diagrams, area classifications drawings, utility summaries, etc

Plant Safety/Operability

  • Responsible for performing various process engineering work functions in a manner that will provide a safe and operable plant

  • Understands obligations and authority to make appropriate design decisions necessary for plant safety and operability.

  • Identifies potentially lethal/toxic substances and designs the systems handling those substances in accordance with established Jacobs/Client procedures.

  • Reviews the unit/plant layout for unsafe piping/equipment arrangement and for adequate access to critical valves.

  • Assists in specification of any required safety systems (eye-washers, safety-showers, gas detectors, etc).

Operating Manual

  • Assists in the production of plant operating manuals. May assume overall responsibility for manuals relatively less complex units.

  • Understands and applies guidelines developed by others regarding the required contents of the operating manuals.

  • Writes assigned sections of the manuals for complex units or writes complete manuals for less complex units. The manuals should be technically correct, complete and clearly written.

Field Work

  • Assists in process field work.

  • Shows a willingness to accept field assignments to fulfill project requirements (personal circumstances permitting).

  • Performs, under general supervision, a plant checkout as required to ensure flow diagrams and designs have been correctly implemented and all tie-in correctly located.

  • Assists, under general supervision, in operator training programs as required.

  • Assists, under general supervision, in plant start-up and /or plant performance testing as required.

  • Assists, under general supervision, in writing of the Process Final Job Report.

  • Becomes knowledgeable of and adapts to the construction/operation environment.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Honours degree in Chemical Engineering.

  • The successful candidate will have design experience of Biotechnology, Small Molecule API Synthesis , Fill Finish, Oral Dosage Facility Design and Operation mainly gained within an engineering design office

  • Active membership in a professional body, such as the IChemE, ISPE, PDA, EI, etc. is expected as a demonstration of self-development and professional qualification

  • Ability to work on own initiative and to strict deadlines

  • Organized and adaptable with a flexible approach to Design experience

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