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PhD Qualified / Postdoctoral Chemist (Polymer /Organic/ Synthesis)

Location: South East, United Kingdom

c£30-50k +Benefits


South East AB/J4408a


An experienced Postdoctoral chemist with or without experience is required to work very closely with R&D teams.  As a PhD chemist qualified in either organic synthesis, formulation or polymer chemist this a great opportunity to design and synthesise next generation materials for the business. There are also opportunities to influence multiple interfaces (like performance differentiation, Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, external outsourcing and Safety).  The successful candidate will complement the R&D team’s current skill base and play a critical role in enabling the team to become the High Performance Agile Team that deliver the new components the business needs.


This is a great role for an organic chemist who wants to be involved in lots of different teams, is versatile and flexible.




  • Coaching – imparting experience and knowledge to a variety of skill bases and team members.

  • Opportunity to build personal network extensively across range

  • Influence our New Technology Innovation Culture.

  • Greater understanding of market opportunities (short - long term)

  • Exposure to Innovation & road map opportunities.

  • Influence lab set-up & equipment to support the synthesis needs of the business.


Key Responsibilities  - Roles will vary dependent on the specific team and their business priorities.




  • Lead business critical technology projects and contribute to future project generation

  • Be at the forefront of designing and developing our next generation of performance chemicals

  • Organise, carry out and assess testing of chemicals performance and reliability to meet customer and internal requirements

  • Present your reports on technical findings and give recommendations to key stakeholders that influence preferred outcomes

  • Generate innovative solutions to formulation challenges.

  • Design synthetic routes, prepare risk assessments, make novel chemicals and take molecules from concept to commercialisation

  • Source complementary expertise externally and coordinate internal multifunctional teams

  • Partner with customers to develop bespoke products


Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience Required:




  • PhD Chemistry, Polymer chemistry Synthetic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, even pharmaceutical chemistry or a related petroleum subject.

  • All background considered but preferences for synthesis OR formulation, R&D, scale up OR continuous flow chemistry.

  • Excellent chemistry background with strong track record of delivering materials to aggressive timescales within a research & development environment.

  • Strong safety focus including networking, communication, a demonstrated ability to deliver high standard risk assessments, make solid safety recommendations when faced with obstacles and influence changes to work differently based on learnings from near miss reporting.

  • Ability to take an objective view of technical problems and address them with creativity and innovation.

  • Strong commitment to HSE and quality values


They offer an attractive salary (dependent on experience), commensurate with qualifications and experience as well as associated benefits, including Bonus and Pension Scheme.


To Apply: Please contact Alison Basson quoting AB/J4408a on 0203909 3782 / 07814547440 or apply to alison.basson@hudsonshribman.co.uk


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