Research Scientist — Materials Science

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Sedgefield, England
£23,000- £38,000 per annum - dependent on experience
Full-time - Permanent
Science and Engineering
21 Aug 2022 - 23:45
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About CPI

CPI helps make great ideas and inventions a reality. We’re a team of intelligent people using advances in science and technology to solve the biggest global challenges in healthcare and sustainability.

Through our incredible people and innovation infrastructure, we collaborate with our partners in industry, academia, government, and the investment community to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative products.

From health technologies and pharmaceuticals to sustainable food and materials innovations, we turn the entrepreneurial spirit and radical thinking of our people and partners into incredible impact that makes our world a better place.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

CPI is recruiting for a Research Scientist to join the established and growing Materials Science team, based at NETPark Sedgefield. The team of high-performing Scientists are part of CPI’s Formulation business unit. The team play a key role in delivering across a wide range of exciting technical projects, including battery materials, sustainable polymers, electronic materials, as well as numerous other areas. 

In the role of Research Scientist, you will use your experience and interest in Materials Science to support senior colleagues in the delivery of innovation projects from a varied project portfolio across market sectors including FMCG, Food and Drink, Agritech, Speciality Chemicals and Materials. Key areas you will be involved in include battery materials and sustainable materials. You will be part of a team that generates innovative solutions to problem-solving and will work in a dynamic and fast-moving environment across a wide range of projects.

The Research Scientist we are recruiting will quickly adapt to the different aspects of the role and enjoy working in a dynamic and collaborative environment on 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.

Please click on the below links to view some recent team projects:


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To keep up to date with developments in areas relevant to the role, and/​or legislative and SHE-related changes as communicated by senior colleagues, ensuring understanding of these and any associated new best practices, methods or techniques. 

Present and formally report experimental conclusions and supporting data for internal peer review and submission to clients, to agreed timescales and standards.

Actively engage in hazard studies / SRA studies and discussions, as appropriate to role level. 

Set up, plan and execute experimental / pilot scale runs and analyse, interpret and report the results of these within agreed timescales and quality standards, and in accordance with project/​client requirements. 

Responsible for providing clearly documented records of technical data, decisions, methodologies, calculations and software used in an agreed format.

Responsible for the maintenance and calibration of equipment to ensure it operates safely and efficiently and is available to meet customer needs.

The person we are seeking

You are required to be educated to a minimum of HNC or Foundation degree (or equivalent) level in a Scientific or Engineering discipline – ideally Materials Science, Chemistry or a Physical Sciences or related field, with relevant industrial experience. It is desirable that you are educated to a degree level (or equivalent) in one of these subjects.

It is essential that you are able to demonstrate a foundation of technical knowledge and some underpinning knowledge in Materials Science, as well as evidence of technical problem-solving.

It is also essential that you can demonstrate professional knowledge of principles and practices in Materials Science, as well as experience of practical, technical-based work gained in academic or industrial environments.

Previous experience in knowledge sharing and network-building practice across teams or groups is a key requirement.


Relevant experience/​knowledge of pertinent materials science techniques (e.g., SEM, AFM, rheometry, spectroscopy, mechanical testing) is desirable.

Knowledge of the application of relevant materials techniques for formulation and materials testing is desirable.

Member of a relevant professional body.

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

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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