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PhD Synthetic Chemistry

Cheshire   •  £30000 - £35000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time

2 PhD Synthetic Chemists required, based in Cheshire West. Requiring a PhD in Chemistry, with a significant focus on organic synthesis. Post-doc OR industrial experience of organic synthesis at lab scale considered advantageous.

Title: PhD Synthetic Chemist x2

Location: Cheshire West

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 per annum + benefits

Term: Permanent

SRG is working with a well-respected, global company who develop speciality chemicals and additives for downstream chemical industries. With new projects about to begin, they are now looking for 2 PhD Synthetic Chemists to join their R&D hub, working on projects to produce new additives. Using current literature and trends, you will devise synthetic experiments to develop new products in the lab, optimising viable candidates for commercialisation. This would be an excellent opportunity for a PhD-qualified Chemist who had demonstrable academic or industrial experience of organic synthesis.

Benefits: Multinational chemicals business with a strong focus on innovation and a vibrant community of R&D scientists. 38 working hours, 8.40am-5.00pm Monday to Friday with some flexibility on start and finish times. 25 days holiday as standard plus 8 statutory days, increasing with length of service. Enhanced pension scheme, private healthcare or health cash plan, share save scheme and annual company bonus.

Role / Description

  • Devising and managing long term projects to develop new functional chemical compounds via synthetic methods
  • Designing and carrying out lab-based experiments, synthesis and characterisation of new products
  • Using analytical skills including NMR, Mass Spectrometry, IR and crystallisation for characterisation
  • Working closely with Applications Chemists to evaluate viability and performance of compounds in market formulations and mechanistic end use applications
  • Using literature, market trends and industry conferences to inform development of synthetic routes and reaction mechanisms
  • Establishing test methods, interpreting resulting analysis and reporting on findings
  • Maintaining an awareness of product development and trends in specific industry and project areas
  • Liaising with other internal R&D teams to share information, collaborate and contribute to parallel or long term R&D projects.


  • Minimum PhD in Chemistry - must have significant focus on organic synthetic chemistry
  • Post-doctoral or industrial experience working on organic synthesis advantageous but not essential
  • Interest in using creative synthetic techniques to produce new compounds
  • Good communication and interpersonal skill
  • Creative problem-solving skills

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.com to view our other vacancies.

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Keywords: PhD, research, chemistry, chemist, synthesis, organic, functional compounds, functional additives, chemicals, speciality, synthetic, reaction, characterisation, laboratory, development, R&D, project, thesis, doctorate, post-doctorate, experiment

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  • Agency: SRG
  • Contact: Faye Allison
  • Phone: 0161 868 2218
  • Reference: J2161855
  • Posted: 8th September 2021
  • Expires: 6th October 2021


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