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Polymer Chemist

Surrey   •  £25000 - £35000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time


Our client is an innovative start-up in need of a Polymer Chemist to help continue its growth. Joining a small team in Surrey, you will support the day-to-day research activities including the resource management, experimental planning, chemical processing, and electrospinning of nanofibers. To be considered you must be educated to a minimum of BSc level in polymer chemistry. A PhD is preferred. Electrospinning knowledge would be an advantage but all training will be provided.

The Role

This is an exciting new position as the company looks to grow, which will support the scientific and engineering activities within the business. Primary day-to-day activities will involve the resource management, experimental planning, chemical processing and electrospinning of nanofibres, usually to manufacture samples for customer projects and orders. Knowledge of post-production analysis will be key in aiding in material development, this includes SEM and optical imaging as well as other forms of analysis such as electrostatics, filtration, acoustic and piezoelectric.

Although we work together as one big team, the role will require a degree of independence from the successful candidate, being just a small team, we typically allocate dedicated projects to each member to manage. The ability to follow local health and safety laws, as well as being mindful of natural and company resources will be essential.

As the role develops, a successful candidate will be developed into assisting with applying for new projects and engaging with customers engaged in existing projects. This can include research which will go beyond chemistry to include device prototyping and testing with the use of small programmable electric devices such as Arduinos or Raspberry Pi's.

Role Responsibilities

  • Develop and engineer new nanofibre formulation, often with new polymers
  • Plan and execute electrospinning production runs
  • Fulfil customer R&D and production orders
  • Analysis and assessment of produced nanofibres for quality control
  • Ensure the laboratory is a clean and safe working environment at all times
  • Work closely with the business managers to update customers,
  • Ensure company compliance with all Health and Safety laws.

Essential requirements for this post are:

  • A degree in Chemistry, Materials, Engineering or Physics (other science degrees with lab/chemical handling experience will be considered),
  • Research expertise in materials processing, additive manufacturing, processing of polymers or polymer composites or other liquid/solution processing,
  • Experience in electrospinning being highly desirable,
  • Research expertise in in materials characterisation, including SEM,
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can work as part of a team, as well as work independently,
  • Experience in the planning and handling of chemicals,
  • Have knowledge/experience of safe and tidy good working practice within a chemistry lab,
  • Excellent communication skills, fluent in English.

Extra Skills that are desirable:

  • A PhD or an EngD or equivalent work experience in any relevant area,
  • Skills in programming of Arduino or Raspberry Pi or other programming languages,
  • Designing and printing of 3D printed parts,
  • Knowledge of electrostatics.

Our client is unable to provide sponsorship and therefore only candidates who have current right to work in the UK will be considered.


You must have the right to work in the UK. Learn more

  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7421
  • Posted: 5th August 2022
  • Expires: 2nd September 2022

Cranleigh Scientific

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