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Polymer Composites Chemist (KTP Associate)

Job reference: S&E-13205

Location: Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/01/2019

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum, according to relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: -

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible for 36 months

School / Directorate: School of Materials

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic graduate with the ability and confidence to manage a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with an industry leader in glass fibre insulation.

The University of Manchester and an industry leader in glass fibre insulation are looking to recruit an exceptional and independent learner, scientist and leader to undertake this 36-month project which has an overall aim of developing sustainable glass fibre insulation formulations.

The position will provide you with a unique opportunity to improve the sustainability of glass fibre insulation through their knowledge of polymer chemistry. Translating fundamental commodity polymer chemistry into the unique field of glass fibre composites will require a diverse knowledge of sustainability, composites, polymer chemistry, synthesis and characterisation. It will allow for the rapid development, pilot and scale-up of solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of a major construction product, making the process as “green” as possible whilst retaining or improving material performance. Understanding the applicability of potential solutions to fit with existing company infrastructure will provide ideal training as a transition to a career in the chemicals or polymers industries in the UK, but also extensive experiential learning in communication and leadership. This collaborative project will be directly connected to the training and development aspect of the KTP, with integration of both composites and sustainability training into the Associate’s role.

You will require a minimum of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in polymer chemistry or a cognate discipline, with preference for a recent doctoral degree with extensive experience in one or more of sustainable polymers, polymer synthesis, glass fibre composites, and materials characterisation.

This post is funded through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, a UK Government scheme intended to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry. 

Based at the University of Manchester School of Materials and extensive travel to company premises, You will work directly with supervisors from both the University and the company and will use the facilities and resources of both organisations.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                                                                                                      

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: Prof. Michael Shaver


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499


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

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