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Materials Scientist

Bristol   •  £35000 - £40000 per annum  •  Contract/Temporary, Full time


An innovative start-up company working on sustainable alternative materials utilised in the construction industry is currently recruiting a Materials Scientist to join them on an 18-month contract, with the view to be extended/made permanent. As Materials Scientist, you will be working closely with the Co-Founders on executing & developing R&D strategy, whilst also completing material testing, researching papers, and preparing technical reports.

This is a first-class opportunity to join an exciting, fast-growing start-up working on sustainable solutions and providing a real positive impact on the global industry. This Materials Scientist will suit a PhD level qualified Chemist/Chemical Engineer that possesses a strong understanding of materials characterisation and testing (SEM, TEM, XRD).

Materials Scientist responsibilities

  • Work closely with the founding team to develop and execute R&D strategy, and work closely with the CTO to deliver the best products to our customers.
  • Conceive, plan, and execute R&D tasks with considerable influence and inputs from product development.
  • Be fluent in reading research papers, conducting literature reviews, preparing scientific and technological project updates, and presenting results for different stakeholders.
  • Be comfortable with both simulation material testing as well as the experiment-based method for new material synthesis and process analysis
  • Have working experience and knowledge in developing new biomaterials, especially biopolymers, natural materials, and foam/insulative materials.
  • Demonstrate ability for leadership in defining scientific and technical objectives across programs. Leads in the capture, planning, and technical execution of complex interdisciplinary projects to answer customer feedback.
  • Prepare reports, manuscripts, proposals, and technical manuals for use by other scientists and requestors, such as sponsors and customers.
  • Establish a robust analytical framework to perform high-throughput analysis of novel biopolymer blends and their properties.

Materials Scientist requirements

  • MSc (ideally PhD) level qualified in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Materials Science or closely related.
  • Well-developed understanding of materials characterisation and testing - SEM, TEM, XRD, Thermal Conductivity.
  • Hands-on engineering and polymer science skills and a working familiarity with test equipment, experimental design and execution, and statistical data analysis.
  • In-depth knowledge of the iterative processes conducted to test new materials and proven track record on how to improve their physical properties for the desired applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work within a mission-driven team, have the potential for technical and project managerial leadership

This opportunity will allow you to work from home 1-2 days per week, whilst the other days are spent onsite at their facility in Bristol. There is real scope for progression past the 18-month contract, with the view to be promoted into a Chief/Leadership role.

£35k-£40k + benefits


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  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7433
  • Posted: 12th July 2022
  • Expires: 9th August 2022

Cranleigh Scientific

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