R&D Scientist (Organic chemist, Chemical Engineer for catalyst development and scale-up)

Warwickshire (GB)
£25,000 - £40,000 pa
03 Jan 2019
20 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

R&D Scientist (Organic chemist, Chemical Engineer for catalyst development and scale-up)

Location: Warwickshire, UK

Salary: £25,000 - £40,000 pa

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract for 24 months; extension to permanent

Closing Date: 23:59, 20 January 2019

Interview Date: 28 January – 2 February 2019

Anticipated start date: 1 March 2019 preferred; later possible


We recruit a strong organic chemist, material scientist or a chemical engineer to work on development, demonstration, and scale-up of catalyst-coated tube reactors for fine chemicals and pharmaceutical synthesis in flow. Several posts are available.

You will work around our catalyst-coated tube reactors in their development – synthesis of catalyst coatings containing platinum-group metals, testing of their performance in multiphase (gas-liquid) chemical reactions, catalyst characterisation using physico-chemical methods, study structure-activity relationship, catalyst longevity, and optimisation of catalyst regeneration methods. This work requires extensive hands-on knowledge of the organic chemistry and flow chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis.

The catalysts developed will be scaled-up to produce a mini-plant with a production rate of 30-50 kg liquid product per day. You will design and manufacture internal reactor structures to improve radial heat transfer in the catalytic packings. You will perform hydrodynamic study to obtain information about RTD and liquid hold-up in the reactor and perform catalytic tests for the reactor performance. You will be involved in two Pilot tests with the miniplant in collaboration with our commercial partners. Based on the data obtained, you will perform techno-economic analysis to optimise the manufacturing costs. The knowledge of multiphase reactor engineering and relevant experimental skills are vital.

You will also undertake research in other areas related to heterogeneous catalysis and perform material characterisation. Your work combines independent and collaborative research on catalysis and you will be expected to write product specifications, research papers, progress and planning reports and prepare presentations. Your role will also include dealing with customers, any management and administrative issues that may arise from the project ensuring that all project objectives and deadlines are met.

The initial contract is for 24 months (subject to the successful completion of a 6 month probationary period). People eligible to work in the UK are welcome. Being a small company, we would struggle to handle immigration matters to the UK, but exceptional overseas candidates are welcome. These candidates must clearly demonstrate their exceptional performance.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline. Excellent knowledge of reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis or organic chemistry are required.

To apply for this position please submit your CV and a cover letter by 23:59, 20 January 2019 by email to hr@stolicatalysts.com. You can also send queries about the application and position to that email.

More details including main duties and responsibilities, essential requirements can be found in the separate file: http://www.stolicatalysts.com/shared/Research%20Scientist.pdf

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