Scientist - Chemistry

We are looking for a Scientist to identify, define and evaluate new research themes and projects as part of the innovation team of a company based just outside Huntingdon. You will be building expertise in new areas as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes biochemists, chemists, physicists and engineers.

You will plan and conduct feasibility projects, designed to validate the initial hypothesis and to generate fundamental IP that will underpin development of broad platform technologies within the company. These will include in-house research and, where appropriate, collaborative projects with industrial and academic partners.


* Proposal of novel advanced materials and provision of recommendations to solve chemical synthetic issues
* Execution of synthetic chemistry transformations on small to large scales, to a high standard of purity, complemented by high-quality documentation
* Full characterisation of all materials prepared and highlighting of anomalies in the results
* Planning short-loop projects to demonstrate the technical feasibility and scope for further development of technology areas
* By working individually and with the Platform Innovation Team, identify and develop new research themes
* Conduct trend analysis and technology mapping to identify unmet needs to support this objective
* Support the analysis of the related market and development of a proposed business hypothesis
* Participate in idea generation events
* Effective communication with synthetic chemists, analysts, device physicists, and project leaders
* Ensure that health and safety standards are being met and maintained
* Work safely within the laboratory environment; carry out COSHH and risk assessments of processes
* Contribution to maintenance of a tidy and well-functioning laboratory environment for all lab users
* Perform functional duties as required
* Safe working in accordance with company health and safety policy and procedures


* Chemistry PhD with experience in the design, synthesis of advanced materials is essential
* It is essential that you have experience of the identification, design and synthesis of more than one type of novel advanced materials
* Post-doctoral research experience is highly desirable
* Clear and confident communication both when discussing complex technical concepts with fellow scientists and when providing project updates to senior management is essential
* It is essential that you have an ability to effectively communicate results, the risks and challenges of synthetic chemistry and the requirements necessary for success
* It is essential that you can demonstrate an aptitude for creative thinking and delivering novel solutions for unmet needs
* A keen awareness of recent trends and cutting-edge materials technologies would be highly desirable
* Proactivity and excellent self-motivation with an ability to acquire new skills and areas of expertise are essential
* Strong team-playing skills and the ability to operate in multi-disciplinary / cross-functional teams is essential
* A calm and methodical approach to work during busy periods, and the ability to work on more than one target simultaneously without loss of efficiency or productivity is essential
* Excellent problem-solving capabilities, in combination with a willingness to seek expert assistance and peer advice when required are essential

[ Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, Salary range: £33,000 to £36,000 | vacancy reference : 31677 ]

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