Senior Scientist in Cambridgeshire

Title: Senior Scientist, Chemistry

Location: Godmanchester

Salary: £45,000

Contract: Permanent


Looking for a senior scientist to take a leading role in its technology scouting and innovation team in identifying and investigating new research themes and projects based on advanced materials.




  • 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 Intellectual Property (IP) and contribute to building IP strategies of new technologies being developed in 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.
  • 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.
  • Identification of IP, filing of invention disclosures, and providing feedback to ensure high quality patent applications.
  • Provision of functional support to ensure good housekeeping and H&S practice and policies are maintained. Identification and control of hazards posed by chemicals and chemical reactions.




  • Members of the Platform Innovation team: Communicate, challenge and discuss scientific theories and the progress of studies and projects. Discuss and review analytical results. 
  • Stakeholders in the Platform Innovation programme. 
  • Chemists associated with other projects: Assist in synthesis design and risk assessment. 
  • IP and market analysis functions: Timely communication in order to ensure these aspects of projects are on track.
  • Management and development of direct reports: Support to ensure functional duties and professional development activities are maintained and updated as required.
    • Communicating and working as necessary with the relevant development teams at parent company to ensure coordination of activities and prompt dissemination of results.
  • Line manager: Discussion of current and future projects and for professional development support.





  • Strong scientific record. PhD in Chemistry or equivalent experience in research of advanced material design and synthesis, plus significant additional relevant experience.
  • Strong track record in more than one research area, of effective design and synthesis of novel advanced functional organic materials coupled with demonstration of the targeted properties.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • 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.
  • A keen awareness of recent trends and cutting edge technologies.
  • Demonstrates intellectual curiosity - rapidly access 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 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.
      • 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.


  • 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.







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