Polymateria’s mission is to advance science to help nature deal with plastic pollution. Based on the White City campus of Imperial College, London. Polymateria has invested heavily in R&D over the last few years and through its Biotransformation technology is setting new standards in biodegradable plastics. As a result, it is now looking to scale up its R&D and testing operations.
About the Function
We are looking to recruit a chemist/analyst on 3-month internship, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry, to conduct analytical testing on plastic products containing Polymateria’s patented Biotransformation technology. The candidate will carry out analytical testing on a range of different instruments and will be expected to conduct testing independently and work within a growing R&D team, under the management of the Innovations Team.
This position is full-time on a fixed term 3-month contract and will be based at Polymateria’s laboratories in the Translation and Innovation Hub of Imperial College at White City, London.
The ideal candidate will be motivated by using analytical chemistry as a tool to develop products with better sustainability features and performance. They will be a logical and analytical thinker as well as being extremely organised in their approach to work. Additionally, the candidate will be dynamic and adaptable with a willingness to grow and develop new skills in a fast-paced plastics technology company based in central London.
The successful candidate will work on a dedicated 3-month project focussed on advancing the service life testing of different polymeric materials. The project objective includes understanding the potential of using various analytical testing equipment under different reaction conditions to measure the service life of polymer materials that incorporate Polymateria’s Biotransformation technology.
The kinetic studies of the test materials will be performed and used to predict the product’s service life under customers defined conditions. Analysis will be repeated to ensure the accuracy of the data. In addition, physical characterisation analysis, such as IR and GPC, will be performed to verify the stability of the material.
This 3-month research project, led by the Innovation Managers at Polymateria, will align with PMBOK principles, standards and best practices, including scheduling (track completion vs planned dates), cost (track effort spent vs. planned), scope, quality assessment, risk management and communication. The success of each work package will be evaluated based on deliverables, milestones and timing. Regular reviews will be held to compare tasks completed against the project plan and to identify issues.
Polymateria will provide all the support required to help the candidate to deliver a successful project.
Essential Requirements / Key Skills:
• BSc/MSc (or equivalent) in chemistry or analytical chemistry.
• Good communication skills – both verbally and in written format.
• Evidence of previous working and reporting in analytical sciences, either in an industrial or educational setting.
• Previous experience using FTIR, GPC, TGA, DSC and other analytical methods is desired, but not essential as bespoke training will be provided.
• Previous experience of working with plastics is desirable but not essential.
Salary and Benefits
Salary will be at the London Living Wage for 37.5 hours per week.
25 days annual leave per annum pro rata plus bank holidays.
How to apply
Please send a CV along with a one-page letter in writing describing how you meet the criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 27th May 2022.