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Research Associate in Polymer Recycling and Sustainability
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-018741

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/05/2022

Salary: Grade 6 £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Materials

Hours Per Week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Fixed term from 1 June 2022 until 31 May 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

A Research Associate position is available for an enthusiastic polymer scientist to undertake research in the field of polymer recycling, particularly in improving the mechanical recycling of key packaging plastics. The project will be based in the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub under the direction of Prof. Michael Shaver as part of a diverse team addressing academic and industry challenges in sustainable polymer science.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic polymer chemistry or a closely related field. Expertise in polymer sustainability is essential, ideally with experience in polymer extrusion or processing, mechanical recycling or polymer characterisation. Experience with high temperature gel-permeation chromatography and mechanical recycling are an asset but not essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative, collaborating with others, and should evidence excellent communication and organisational skills.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Michael Shaver


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.​​​​​​​


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