Research Scientist – Analytical Measurement

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Job Details

Sedgefield, England
£21,500 - £28,300
Full-time - Permanent
Science and Engineering
31 Jan 2022 - 23:45
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About CPI

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

CPI has an exciting opportunity for a Research Scientist to join its analytical group, part of the Materials Science team. You will use your experience and interest in the analytical field to support senior colleagues in the delivery of innovation projects across a varied project portfolio in a wide range of market sectors including FMCG, Food and Drink, Agritech, Speciality Chemicals and Materials. We would like to invite applications with experience from across any of these sectors. You will be part of a team that generates innovative solutions to problem-solving, working in a dynamic and fast-moving environment. One key quality for the role is a commitment to specialising in the analytical field.

One key market sector that you will be involved in the rapidly growing field of nanotherapeutics. You will use your analytical expertise to generate data to support the optimisation and process development of novel drugs and help to solve current global health issues in preventative and therapeutic drug delivery, formulation of novel vaccines and advanced oncology treatments, and the scale-up of drug products. 

Duties of the role include:

  • Provide analytical expertise to support the delivery of a range of projects.
  • Experience working in the development of analytical methods is preferable but not essential.
  • Work within a laboratory environment using state-of-the-art equipment to run experiments with clearly documented records of technical data, decisions, methodologies, calculations, and software using an agreed format (for internal and external peer review).
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and calibration of equipment to ensure it operates safely and efficiently.
  • Support the Materials Science team by keeping up to date with new developments in analytical measurement, relevant to formulation/​materials.
  • Manage your work plan to execute experimental work, with relevant measurement and analysis techniques (HPLC, AES, GC, GCMS) whilst working within a team to deliver projects to agreed timescales.
  • Expand your analytical knowledge into relevant sectors and applications. 
  • Expanding your scientific knowledge/​expertise into other techniques in materials characterisation and analysis is preferable but not essential.
  • Develop and maintain safe working practices for handling potentially challenging materials, for example, active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Examples of relevant projects include:

  • Developing and executing in-process measurements in pharmaceutical encapsulation projects. 
  • Using a range of chromatography techniques to monitor a material’s composition and its changes throughout a production process
  • Technology transfer of methods from a range of industrial partners to enable on-site analysis against product specifications. 
  • Use of mass spectroscopy to identify unknown’ components within a reaction mixture.

The person we are seeking

The ideal candidate will be educated to at least a Degree level in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, or a related field. They will have a strong interest in analytical measurements and want to develop a career pathway as analytical scientists. Relevant experience/​knowledge of pertinent analytical techniques (e.g., HPLC, AES, GC, GCMS) is desirable. Knowledge of the application of relevant materials/​analytical techniques to the nanotherapeutics sector or for formulation/​materials characterisation is desirable but not essential. Applicants will need to be able to process and present their data/​reports to internal and external clients using the customary software however knowledge of other specialised scientific software could be valuable. Candidates could also have a range of other laboratory experience they have used to deliver other technical projects.

The ideal candidate will quickly adapt to the different aspects of the role and enjoy working in a dynamic and collaborative environment in a range of projects in different sectors. Skills and experience in solving technical challenges and leveraging input from senior colleagues are essential to be successful in this role. Candidates will be committed to and will actively seek opportunities to develop themselves within this new and exciting role.

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 36 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information

Candidates will be required to give a 5 – 10-minute presentation on a technical project which will demonstrate their experience in Nanopharmaceuticals and/​or Colloid Science. The presentation should be based on a project the candidate was responsible for delivering and include technical challenges and how they were overcome.

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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