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Process Development Chemist

Cheshire   •  £28000 - £32000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time

Process Development Chemist required on a 12 month fixed-term contract, based in North Cheshire. Requiring experience in running lab-scale or pilot scale reactions and testing end products (viscosity, density, etc.). Background in organic synthesis, purification or distillation preferred.

Title: Process Development Chemist

Location: North Cheshire

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 (dependent on experience)

Term: 12 month fixed term contract (good prospects for extension/permanent role)

SRG is working with a small but specialised team who focus on the production of speciality chemicals in a multinational company with an excellent reputation. With an upcoming change in EU legislation, they are now looking for a Process Development Chemist to join the team. This will initially be a 12 month contract, to screen and optimise reaction processes for alternative raw materials. This would be an excellent opportunity for a Chemist with experience in running organic chemical reactions and synthesis at a lab or pilot scale, with practical knowledge of testing intermediates and end products too.

Benefits: Highly respected company with an outstanding reputation, excellent benefits and potential for future opportunities. Initially a 12 month contract, with very good prospects for a subsequent extension or permanent role. 36 working hours, 8am-3.45pm, Monday to Friday with some flexibility required to accommodate reaction times. 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory days. Option to take extra holidays or a cash bonus in lieu. Enhanced pension scheme and subsidized private healthcare.

Role / Description

  • Running and monitoring reactions across 3 specially constructed, lab-scale reactors and test rigs
  • Using reactor rigs to screen alternative raw material feedstocks as reactants to achieve comparable end product properties
  • Testing reaction products against specifications, including viscosity, density and thermal stability
  • Undertaking process optimisation projects to increase likelihood of finding a suitable alternative feedstock
  • Altering controls, conditions and parameters as part of optimisation projects
  • Recording and reporting on all lab work and results
  • Observing and adhering to appropriate Health and Safety procedures with regards to hazardous chemicals and laboratory housekeeping


  • Hands-on, industrial experience of conducting organic chemical reactions or synthesis work at lab or pilot scale and testing reaction products
  • Minimum HND in Chemistry or similar (degree preferred or equivalent experience)
  • Self-motivation and good work ethic
  • Strong appreciation of health & safety, has ideally worked previously with hazardous chemicals

If you would like to apply for this position, please use the link provided. Alternatively please email a copy of your CV to faye.allison@srgtalent.com For more information regarding this position or any others, please call Faye on 0161 868 2218. If you have a scientific background and this position is not relevant / suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch or visit www.srgtalent.co.uk to view our other vacancies.

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Keywords: chemistry, chemical reaction, reaction, reactant, process, chlorination, organic, synthesis, reaction rig, test rig, synthetic chemistry, laboratory, application, screening, screen, viscosity, density, thermal stability, development, R&D, HNC, HND, degree, BSc, MChem, MSc

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  • Agency: SRG
  • Contact: Faye Allison
  • Phone: 0161 868 2218
  • Reference: J2157339
  • Posted: 6th October 2020
  • Expires: 3rd November 2020


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