Materials Chemist

Materials Chemist

  • Location

    Worcestershire, England

  • Sector:

    Engineering and Manufacturing

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  • Salary:

    £30000.00 - £40000.00 per annum + Pension + Holidays + Package

  • Contact:

    Matt Harris

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

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This leading international organisation has numerous sites worldwide and this site is one of their key manufacturing and engineering / research facilities with a large footprint and a truly global customer base. Supplying some key parts to the Aviation and Defence sectors across the UK, Europe and the wider world, they now require the support of two experienced Material Research and Development Chemists to support their R&D team here in the Worcestershire facility.

The Materials Team is responsible for the research, development and manufacture of materials to meet the demanding requirements found in the components which include physical, chemical, thermal and mechanical properties under extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, vibration and age. The materials include metals, adhesives, insulation, inhibition, paints and composites and include both raw materials and finished materials.

The Materials Chemist will be involved in identifying and monitoring suppliers as well as developing and monitoring manufacturing processes to manufacture the finished materials and parts and the daily challenges of the role will include;

Developing propellants to meet energy and mechanical requirements
Qualifying materials for use in accordance with recognised standards
Investigating and resolving material and related manufacturing problems
Monitoring for obsolescence and qualifying replacements
Developing adhesives, insultants, inhibitors and paints to meet design requirements
Developing associated material manufacturing processes
Clearance of ingredients and finished materials for manufacturing

The role is varied and challenging and so not all of the skills needed will be your first abilities but a willingness to learn, train and adapt is key to the growth of this position and your role in the business long term but a mix of the following core skills will be ideal;

A Degree, Masters or PhD level qualification in chemistry or an associated scientific subject
Polymers including synthesis, formulation, characterisation, degradation and failure
Metal, polymer and composite manufacturing processes and clearance testing
Handling of hazardous materials including flammable solvents and energetics
Production process control and improvement techniques, e.g. SPC, Lean Sigma
Material and process safety, e.g. COSHH, MHDS and Risk Assessment

This is a challenging but very rewarding and technical role where you will be involved in the development of cutting edge materials and components for some very well known international customers and where your personal development, training and career opportunities will be a high priority.

If you would like to apply for this role or discuss it in more detail, please contact Matt Harris for more information or to discuss.

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