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Senior Chemist - Materials - Cambs
Title: Senior Chemist - Materials - Cambs
Category: Other
Job type: Permanent
Job status: Full Time
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My clients in Cambridgeshire are looking for a Senior Scientist (Chemistry) - Materials.

This role is commutable from Saffron Walden, Royston, Cambridge, Bedford, St. Neots, Huntingdon.

The successful candidate will iidentify, define and evaluate new research themes and projects with the aim of creating new material businesses .

An important part of the role is to synthesise and deliver novel materials to demonstrate the technical viability of proposed projects as part of short-loop feasibility studies.


- Contribute to the development of new project proposals based on technological needs, trends or emerging technologies and unique technical solutions.

- Design and execute feasibility studies to establish viability based on technical merit, business case and competition.

- Design, synthesis and delivery of novel materials.

- Generation of new IP and contribute to building IP strategies of new technologies being developed within the team.


- Design, synthesis and delivery of novel materials to meet technical performance requirements. Produce proposals in order to adapt and improve materials according to performance and specification requirements.

- Design and present project proposals with sound assessments of technical viability and business case.

- QC modelling activities using available software packages in support of projects across all teams where required. Provide input and recommendations on validity and utility of modelled data to assist in materials development.

- Assist other chemists with synthetic routes and material design to meet the technical needs of their projects. Provide input based on both technical and health and safety aspects.

- Assessment of research areas outside previous experience; preparation of briefing documents to communicate current status, on-going research, possible opportunities, market and competitors.

- When appropriate, assist with market analysis to evaluate unmet need and potential value proposition.

- Communication at appropriate level within the technical team, to management, and to stakeholders in the parent company.

- Identification of IP, filing of invention disclosures, and providing feedback to ensure high quality patent applications.



- Strong track record of effective material and synthesis design coupled with successful material delivery to meet technical requirements in more than one area of materials research.

- Strong written and verbal communication: able to explain complex concepts at appropriate levels for different audiences.

- Strong scientific record. Will hold a PhD in Chemistry or a degree in Chemistry with equivalent work experience in research of advanced material design and synthesis.

- Proven aptitude to adapt to new areas of research and to think creatively to identify ways to drive progress in material development to meet technical requirements.

- Demonstrates intellectual curiosity to enable the candidate to rapidly assess areas of research even if outside previous expertise, summarise status, identify and evaluate possible opportunities.

- Strong team-playing skills and the ability to operate in multidisciplinary teams.

- Ability to plan and coordinate complex projects involving multiple scientific disciplines.

- An ability to react quickly and positively to changing priorities and unexpected demands in a dynamic and changing environment.

- Appreciate and assimilate the views of others and to construct a business case / argument to support proposals.

- Understand the value of and have experience of generating IP with the ability to manage IP appropriately, including working with others to file invention disclosures in a timely fashion.

- Competent user of quantum chemical modelling packages including an ability to interpret results and provide recommendations for effective material design work.

- 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.


- A keen awareness of recent trends and cutting edge technologies specifically, but not exclusively, as it pertains to materials.

- Ability to independently identify technology opportunities and propose plans of how to address these.

- Understand the relationships between cost, quality, resources and time and apply this to the practices of work.

- Knowledge of Health and Safety systems and practices, specifically within the laboratory environment; risk assessment of chemical processes and safe working practices.

- Experience of preparing and maintaining technology roadmaps and long term research proposals.

- Experience of identifying and effectively utilising market analysis reports to strengthen and support project proposals.

Salary c£45k per annum, flexible for the right candidate.

To apply for this Senior Materials Scientist (Chemistry) - role in Cambridgeshire please contact us ASAP!
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