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Development Chemist - 12 Month FTC

Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire (GB)
£30,000 - £36,000 pa
Closing date
25 Dec 2022

Job Details

Are you an enthusiastic Development Chemist looking for a new role to build on your skills within a great working environment? If working on high performance materials in the search for sustainable polymer solutions interests you, then this opportunity may just be for you.

This is a 12 month FTC role. But you can do a lot in 12 months, perhaps even help us change #tomorrowsworld.

About the Role

As a Development Chemist you will join a team of 5 colleagues, focussing on designing, planning and delivering experimental projects to develop new polymeric materials and optimise existing processes and products.

This role uses a range of analytical tools to evaluate polymer properties and communicate results with recommendations that can influence the future work direction of the department. 

We believe this is a truly exciting vacancy for someone who is enthusiastic at the prospect of performing research work on high performance materials, that enables sustainable polymer solutions to change #tomorrowsworld.

Add to the fact that you will be working in a friendly and professional lab environment, this is an opportunity not to be missed!


The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for candidates who have a degree in a relevant chemistry /material science/relevant scientific discipline. Beyond your qualifications, you will have practical chemistry skills within a lab environment and be a strong team player with an equally strong analytical capability. You'll also be a solid communicator with good interpersonal skills too.


Our Offering to You

We offer a competitive base salary and enrolment in our Company bonus scheme, as well as competitive pension scheme with employer contributions up to 14%. However, our employee offering doesn’t stop there!

This role is site based but we are supportive of flexible working, offer private medical insurance and give employees 29 days annual leave per annum + bank holidays with the option of purchasing up to 2 additional weeks leave too.

The perks are great, but so is our culture - and you can read more about it below.


About Victrex

Victrex is an innovative world leader in high performance polymer solutions, focused on the strategic markets of automotive, aerospace, energy & industrial, electronics and medical (Invibio). Every day, millions of people use products and applications which contain our sustainable materials – from smartphones, aeroplanes and cars, to oil and gas operations and medical devices. As an example, more than 20,000 aircraft are flying with Victrex solutions, and our materials are a key part of ABS braking systems. Over 4 billion smartphones use our products, and 15 million patients have an implant based on our PEEK polymer. Our products typically replace metal, with up to 60% weight saving, faster processing and recyclability credentials, meaning that we are aligned to help reduce CO2 emissions across many of our end markets.

With over 40 years’ experience, we develop world leading solutions in PEEK and PAEK based polymers, semi-finished and finished parts, which shape future performance for our customers and our markets, provide environmental and societal benefits, and drive value for our shareholders. Find out more at


Vision and Culture

By nature, Victrex is a product leader; innovation is one of the core values of our business, together with our passion and performance! Our day-to-day culture is one of collaboration, support, and enablement. Cross functional interaction is key to our daily work. All employees play an important role in contributing to the Victrex vision and culture, which we are consistently engaging and developing for the 21st century.

We have also recently become winners of the prestigious Ecovadis Gold Award, which is a universal acknowledgement of our sustainability rating as being in the top 5% of over 75,000 companies. We are also proud to be recognised as a ‘Disability Confident’ employer.


We are supportive of flexible working at Victrex - so please do talk to us about this.

Salary is negotiable, depending on experience


Victrex is an innovative world leader in high-performance PEEK and PAEK polymer solutions focusing on the strategic markets of automotive, aerospace, energy (including manufacturing and engineering), electronics and medical. Every day, millions of people use sustainable products and applications containing our materials – from smartphones, aeroplanes and cars to oil and gas operations and medical devices.

With over 40 years‘ experience we are developing world leading solutions with PEEK and PAEK-based polymers and selected semi-finished and finished parts which shape future performance for our customers and our markets, deliver environmental and societal benefits, and drive value for our shareholders. Find out more at

Victrex Purpose - YouTube

Pioneering to Address Global Challenges - YouTube

Early careers - Some of the reasons to join Victrex / Fedra - YouTube

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Victrex Technology Centre

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