Vacancy – Polymer Development Scientist (Lab based)

Location:Warwick lab / Loughborough materials testing & office
Salary:Attractive salary – negotiable (based on experience)
Hours:Full-time (37.5 hrs per week)
Contract type:Fixed term: 2 years initially
Applications open:01/12/2018
Applications close:31/01/2019
Interview date:
Start date:1st of April 2019 (sooner preferred)

This is a great opportunity to join the Interface Polymers team on our pioneering mission to become the global leader in compatibility and surface functionality solutions for the polyolefin industry. The team comprises well-established leaders from the polymer industry and technology start-up sector, together with world-class polymer research scientists. Together, they have the expertise, experience and power to drive the business towards its ambitious goals. 

Joining Interface Polymers at this stage of our company’s growth will bring you many rewards and benefits: 

• You will become a valued and integral part of a very driven, enterprising team. 

• Your creativity, flexibility and individual responsibility will be encouraged, recognised, and rewarded. 

• You will be given lots of opportunities to grow your career as the company develops. 

• You’ll be encouraged to learn new things, test ideas, and help shape the future of the business. 

• We are a company that believes in supporting our staff by providing the best resources, training opportunities and flexible working hours. 

• You will learn from true innovators. 


Job Requirements

We are looking for an adaptable, motivated, ‘can-do’ individual to join our team as a Polymer Development Scientist to help us complete the synthesis, work-up, analysis, and testing required to prove our value propositions. This will require significant lab-based experience of polymer synthesis, a strong desire to solve new challenges, combined with the capacity to contribute to the company’s longer-term goals. 

The successful candidate will work in a team to: 

  • Help customers solve real world plastic recycling problems 
  • Design a product able to recycle mixed plastic waste 
  • Synthesise novel copolymers (100g-1Kg scale) in the lab, able to compatibilise mixed plastic waste increasing its reuse and value 
  • Characterise their polymers using relevant analytical techniques 
  • Process their polymers in plastic blends and determine their effect by mechanical testing 
  • Scale-up their chemistry with toll partners to pilot quantities and enabling line trials 
  • Complete other related duties as required by line manager