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Product Development Scientist Internship

£11.05 p/h
Closing date
30 Nov 2022

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About the company

Puraffinity Ltd is a rapidly growing start-up company. We are driven and strive to solve the global problem of PFAS water pollution, working on several water treatment projects in parallel. We work collaboratively and value the opinion of every team member. Our mission is about protecting environmental and human health.

This internship is partially funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Why join Puraffinity

  • A work life balance is important – we offer 25 days annual leave (in addition to the 8 bank holidays) and a hybrid working approach
  • We have a very strong diversity and inclusion focus, and in line with this, we have equalised our parental leave and pay for all
  • Free lunch is provided to all staff members via the on-site café

The Role

Working within the Product Development team, you will be responsible for the design, synthesis of novel adsorbent media for PFAS removal. Once synthesised, the adsorbent media’s PFAS removal performance will be evaluated.


  • Work with the PD and Engineering teams to synthesise, analyse and test new PFAS adsorbent media
  • Analysis of data from a wide range of sources (analytical, performance data, elemental analysis etc) to understand and develop structure-performance relationships
  • Be involved in routine lab experiments and studies
  • Play an active role in suggesting and proposing new synthetic routes for new PFAS adsorbent materials
  • Provide technical updates to the PD team via short oral presentations and written reports
  • Active promotion and continuous improvement of the company’s Health & Safety and Environmental policies/procedures

About you

  • BSc or masters in Chemistry or related subject required
  • Must be a recent graduate (i.e. not in full time education)
  • Must have graduated in the last 3 years or be returning from a career break
  • Good organisational skills
  • Familiar with working in a laboratory environment, with attention to good laboratory practices and high standard of health and safety
  • Teamworking ability, attention to detail and interpersonal skills
  • Able to multi-task and adapt efficiently, good project management skills
  • Good communication skills and the ability to disseminate information to team members in a concise and understandable manner

How to apply

Please follow the link below to apply via our website. development-scientist-intern
We aim to respond to all applicants within a month of applying. Deadline for application is the 30th November to start the internship in January 2023.
If you have any questions, please reach out to


Puraffinity, Scale Space, White City, London, W12 7RZ

Contract type: 3 months fixed term
Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week
Salary: £11.05 p/h (real living wage for London)


Water is the most precious resource on the planet

It is essential to supporting all life, yet water pollution and depletion of water sources means that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.

The team at Puraffinity has set out to tackle water pollution, one of the most serious emerging threats the world faces today by tackling Emerging Contaminants. Left untreated, they overly contaminate our water, putting environmental & human health at risk.

​Puraffinity is developing a new class of targeted adsorbent media to selectively capture emerging contaminants like Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with safe and on site regeneration.

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