Graduate Research Scientist - Internship

£4000 for 3 months
25 May 2017
20 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Promethean Particles designs, develops and manufactures inorganic nanoparticle dispersions to our customer’s specifications. This year, we are offering 3 months internship for a talented Chemistry graduate, to join us as a Research Scientist. The intern will be working in a multidisciplinary team of chemists, chemical engineers and business development personnel at various levels to deliver high quality results. We are looking for a personable, energetic individual to become a valuable member of the team.

Salary: £4000 for 3 month placement (potential to extend or become full time role)
Holidays: 25 days per annum pro rata
Working Hrs:  8.30 am to 5 pm
Start date: July 2017
Qualifications: BSc, MChem, PhD. The company will also consider candidates returning to work after a career break
Closing Date: 20th June 2017

About the company

Promethean Particles was established in 2007 following a spin out from Nottingham University Chemical Engineering department. The company was originally based at Biocity Nottingham, and relocated to larger premises in 2012 at the Nottingham Science Park. Promethean now possesses full scale manufacturing capabilities and moved into a new production site in May 2016. This is the world’s largest continuous multi-material nanoparticle manufacturing plant and is solely owned by Promethean. We perform our R&D internally through our great scientific team and commercialise our solutions worldwide. Promethean is not only unique due its multi nanomaterial production capacities, the company possesses significant know-how, a successful patented technology and flexibility to offer the right solution to its partners.

Job purpose

The intern will be working in a multidisciplinary team of chemists, chemical engineers and business development personnel at various levels to deliver high quality results. The work will be centred around printed electronics research, particularly the optimisation of the production of conductive metal nanoparticles using the patented continuous hydrothermal reactor system, in terms of particle synthesis, stabilisation and basic ink formulation. Understanding of particle interactions and particle stabilisation is a key part of the role. Ultimately the project aims to deliver base functional pigment material and take steps toward ink systems for proof of concept and prototyping. Print systems will be digital and analogue print systems and their respective inks.

In this role the intern will be taught to use the high pressure reactor system, along with characterisation equipment relevant for nanomaterial research such as; dynamic light scattering, x-ray crystallography and electron microscopy.

Although this is the primary project for which the intern will be hired they will also be expected to work on other projects, either industrial or grant funded. This could be in the capacity of synthesising products, producing reports or attending meetings. By the end of the project it is expected that the intern will have made strides in the production of copper and/or silver materials which give low resistance thin films.

Expected learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of this intern placement will be:

  • use and maintenance of high pressure equipment and associated safety aspects
  • characterisation of nanomaterials, i.e. DLS, XRD, electron microscopy etc.
  • aspects of ink formulation, such as viscosity measurement, surface tension measurement, print prototyping techniques and assessment of film quality.

The candidate will be required to work closely with key industrial and academic partners for more specialist testing such as print performance, materials sintering and electrical measurements.

In addition to working in a small company environment, the candidate will develop numerous relevant transferable skills including report writing; liaising with customers and stakeholders via conference calls, face to face meetings and site visits; working with industrial partners while representing the company at external test facilities; presenting work at team meetings and potentially at conferences/consortium meetings.

Experience required - Essential

  • First degree in chemistry, materials science or a related subject; PhD or higher degree in relevant area would be desirable
  • Practical laboratory experience, with ability to design experiments, preferably in an industrial environment
  • Knowledge or experience of standard characterisation techniques (XRD, TEM, SEM, DLS, zeta potential measurements)

Experience required - Desirable
Knowledge of formulation and stabilisation of particle dispersions extremely desirable but not essential
Interpersonal skills: ability to discuss technical issues in a professional manner in a commercial setting (both internally and externally)
Presentation skills: ability to report findings to other staff and present at both internal and external events 
Previous experience of high pressure equipment useful (however training will be provided)

IT Skills required -Essential
High level of competence in Word, PowerPoint and Excel  

IT Skills required - Desirable
Matlab experience

Transferable Skills
Good project management abilities, time keeping and working to deadlines (particularly managing a number of projects in parallel) 

Relevant Disciplines

GRADUATES holding Chemistry related degree. This internship is only open to:

  • Graduates
  • Postgraduates
  • PhD
  • Person returning to work after a career break 

Candidates with previous experience of ink formulation will be particularly suited to this project but all previous R & D experience will be relevant. Part time work may be possible, but a full time role is preferred. Flexible working may be applicable for a candidate with highly desirable skillset or relevant experience.

Additional Information

Please ensure that you are willing and able to live within commutable distance of the company site before applying. This placement is located in Nottingham. Cogent Life Science Placements Service are managing the recruitment for this internship at our client's request, therefore we ask that applications are made through our website please.

Image result for promethean particles  Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. 54,000 members and a worldwide knowledge business that spans the globe, it is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organisation with 175 years of history and an international vision for the future. The Royal Society of Chemistry as part of its small companies programme, EnterprisePlus ( has granted a small number of companies funding for internships for those already graduated including those returning to work. You will need to be a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry by the time you take up the internship and can join here

If you have an gross income (before tax) income below £26,000 you can access a 50% discount below per annum

Membership also include significant career support including face to face or telephone career consultations