Materials Specialist (Polymers)

Job Category:
Materials Science / Composites / Polymers / Plastics / Coatings
Job Type:
South Wales, South West
South West England
£28,000 to £35,000 per annum
Salary Description:
depending on skills and experience
SCI Recruitment for Scientists
Job Ref:

Materials Specialist (Polymers)

Ref: 19710

Our South West based client manufactures medical training products for healthcare professionals and students worldwide. Their mission is to create and supply a system of training in ‘hands-on’ skills for healthcare professionals, enabling confident and competent practitioners through the use of their products. 

They are now looking to recruit an experienced or developing (some experience) Polymer/Material Specialist to research new and existing polymer materials and assess their suitability for use in their products.

Reporting to the R&D manager typical responsibilities include:

• Research new and existing materials, analyse data to identify opportunities to improve developing new and existing products.

• Providing accurate cost figures.

• Run accelerated ageing material test & report on findings.

• Keeping up to date with technological, legal & regulatory developments, including; reviewing MSDS, conducting internal risk assessments and propose appropriate PPE or environments.

• Identify and solve relevant challenges within the context of new product development or production.

• Share technical information with other staff in an understandable manner.

• Educating production workers on the characteristics of the new materials and the changes that will occur at various production stages. 

The ideal candidate will;

• Have a degree (or higher) within a relevant scientific subject such as; Applied Chemistry, Polymer Science or Materials Science.

• Have a practical working knowledge of silicone rubber (RTV, LSR & HCR), PU foam and injection moulded plastics.

• Good understanding of metals, predominantly aluminium and stainless steel.

• Industry experience working with polymers across a range of applications.

• Strong Project Management skills, ability to plan and well organised.

• High level of understanding of polymer synthesis and scale-up.

• Commercial problem-solving ability and able to generate IP.

• Understanding of product registration and regulatory requirements for chemicals industry an advantage.

Role: Permanent

Location: South West

Salary: up to £35,000 pa, dependant on skills and experience  

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