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R&D Chemist - Organic Synthesis

Manchester   •  £23000 - £25000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time

R&D Chemist required, based in Manchester. Requiring degree (BSc, MChem) in Chemistry with some experience in organic synthesis at lab and/or pilot scale. Graduates with a relevant year in industry will be considered.

Title: R&D Chemist - Organic Synthesis

Location: Manchester

Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 per annum + benefits

Term: Permanent

SRG is working with well-established chemical manufacturer who have been producing speciality chemical for the last 40 years, both under their own brand name and as a toll manufacturer. With their continued expansion, the Technical team is now looking for an R&D Chemist to join the lab in developing new products through a range of reaction chemistry and synthetic modification. It would be a brilliant opportunity for a Chemistry graduate with industrial experience of reaction chemistry, organic synthetic methods and processes - either after university or as part of a placement year.

Benefits: A well-established company with exciting plans to continue their dramatic growth over the next 5 years. Full training provided and continued development through courses and exposure to other business areas. 40 working hours/week, 8.am and 4.30pm, Mon-Fri - some flex on start/finish times. 25 days holiday + banks.

Role / Description

  • Undertaking development work in the lab, involving reactions such as neutralisation, oxidation, sulphonation, esterification, phosphation, carboxylation, etc.
  • Taking lab-based processes through scale up, investigating potential issues and troubleshooting problems at larger scale
  • Generating plant manufacturing procedures for scaleable products and processes
  • Conducting process optimisation of current processes to find ways of reducing cost and improving yield
  • Validating new and alternative raw materials for use in reactions
  • Characterising reaction intermediates and finished products using wet chemistry techniques, GC and HPLC.


  • Minimum degree in Chemistry or similar
  • Hands-on, industrial experience of organic synthesis, reaction chemistry or development chemistry at laboratory or pilot scale (scale up experience considered advantageous)
    • Recent graduates with industrial experience encouraged to apply

  • Practical experience with GC or HPLC beneficial but not essential
  • Self-motivated, able to apply initiative and lateral thinking to problems
  • Pragmatic and pro-active

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: chemist, chemistry, organic, synthesis, synthetic, reaction, syntheses, laboratory, intermediate, intermediates, R&D, product development, process development, degree, BSc, MChem, placement year, year in industry, neutralisation, oxidation, sulphonation, sulphation, esterification, phosphation, GC, HPLC.

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  • Agency: SRG
  • Reference: J2156865
  • Posted: 14th October 2020
  • Expires: 11th November 2020


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