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Research Scientist - Proteins


Cambridgeshire (£) Competitive
permanent Job Ref: 6546


An innovative young start-up business that has recently acquired a major round of investment is currently recruiting for a Research Scientist to its team based in Cambridge. The business focuses on a natural alternative to plastic, stemming from plant-based protein – a first of its kind in the industry. As Research Scientist, you will play a vital role in developing protein based materials that will be utilised in packaging applications – whilst having the ability to support other key areas of the business including, scale-up & process.

This opportunity will suit an entrepreneurial-minded candidate that holds a strong academic profile (PhD preferred) coupled with industrial/commercial experience.

Senior Materials Scientist Responsibilities

  • Work with a small team to deliver the company’s internal development projects – which will involve protein development applied to packaging films and other applications.
  • Provide scientific insight to assist the company's development on films and coatings in packaging applications.
  • Support technical R&D work – in particular, microcapsule/microencapsulation development.
  • Research & Develop the company’s patented materials for application in films and coatings, thermoplastic process & manufacture.
  • Liaise with customers on a technical level and product development teams.
  • Provide technical input to process scale-up work.
  • Contribute to the product development strategy of the company.

Senior Materials Scientist Requirements

  • You must possess a strong academic profile (ideally PhD level) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or closely related field of discipline.
  • It is essential to demonstrate industrial experience – working within a commercial R&D environment involving the development of protein based materials and ideally films/coatings.
  • Technically strong in plastics (or preferably biomaterials/bioplastics) or thermoset polymeric materials.
  • Excellent practical lab development skills.
  • Possess an inquisitive, analytical mind-set with a flexible approach to your work – R&D, scale-up, commercial interaction.

In return, the business can provide a fantastic platform to excel your career within an innovative R&D environment coupled with a very competitive package including company share options and rapid career development.

Job Ref: 6546