PhD Research Chemist - Carbon Nanotubes - new job in Cheshire, UK

PhD Research Chemist - Carbon Nanotubes
  • £38,000 - £45,000 per Annum
  • Permanent
  • Cheshire, England, UK Cheshire UK CH65 4EY
Job Ref: BBBH123410
Sector: Science
Sub-sector: Chemicals
Date Added: 10 January 2023
PhD Research Chemist specialising in Carbon Nanotube synthesis required, based in Cheshire.

PhD Research Chemist specialising in Carbon Nanotube synthesis required, based in Cheshire. Must be PhD-qualified with relevant post-doc experience in carbon nanotubes.

Title: PhD Research Chemist - Carbon Nanotubes

Location: Cheshire

Salary: £38,000 - £45,000 per annum (depending on experience)

Employment Term: Permanent

SRG are working with a multinational company who specialise in the creation of speciality chemicals for a range of markets. They are now looking to advance their technology and are looking to hire a PhD Research Chemist who will specialise in the synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), particularly via chemical vapour deposition methods. The successful applicant will lead research in this area and help to establish a brand-new laboratory in which to build CVD reactors and conduct experiments to produce carbon nanotubes, as well as evaluating their characteristics, properties and potential in new and existing market areas. This is a unique opportunity to conduct exciting research in nanochemistry in a well-established, well-funded business and with access to first-class equipment and laboratories.

Benefits: A research-driven role in a highly respected, multi-national company, with significant intellectual property potential and commercial impact. Brand-new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment. 37.5 hours, Mon-Fri, flexible working hours. Excellent company pension and bonus potential, private healthcare and 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays.

Role / Description

  • Establishing and running a new laboratory, working independently with guidance from the CTO
  • Designing and conducting lab-based experiments to synthesise carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using chemical vapour deposition (CVD)
  • Building a CVD reactor unit which can be adapted as necessary for better control of reactions and CNT morphology
  • Managing projects from research stage, through experimentation, characterisation and evaluation to understand and develop new way of manufacturing CNTs
  • Building an in depth understanding of the process conditions in CVD in order to produce different CNT diameters, lengths, wall numbers, helicity, alignments.
  • Utilising literature, market insights, trends and industry conferences to inform work on synthesis methods, reaction mechanisms, feedstocks, catalyst selection and equipment
  • Establishing appropriate characterisation and evaluation methods, interpreting results and reporting on findings


  • PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanotechnology,Nanoscience or similar
    • First degree (BSc/MChem) must be in Chemistry
  • Post-doctoral/research experience focused on classical organic synthesis.
    • Research on producing carbon nanotubes, graphene or fullerene is preferred.
  • Understanding and/or experience of chemical vapour deposition methods (CVD methods)
  • Experience in constructing lab-scale experimental reactor rigs
  • Self-motivated and excited by research into new, disruptive technologies

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If you would like to apply for this position, please use the link provided. Alternatively please email a copy of your CV to For more information regarding this position or any others, please call Chris on 0161 868 2225.

If you have a scientific background and this position is not relevant / suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch or visit to view our other vacancies.

Keywords: Carbon Nanotubes, CNT, CNTs, synthesis, characterisation, characterise, manufacture, manufacturing, post-doc, PhD, Chemistry, carbon atoms, graphene, hexagonal lattice, allotrope, hollow cylinder, cylindrical molecule, single-layer carbon atoms, discharge, laser ablation, graphite, chemical vapor deposition, CVD, chemistry, nanochemistry, nanotechnology, nanocarbon, organic synthesis, fullerene, allotrope, microfabrication, SWCNT, MWCNT, nanosystem, fluidized bed reactor, reactor, reactor rig

Carbon60, Lorien & SRG - The Impellam Group STEM Portfolio are acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

09/02/2023 09:50:53
GBP 38000.00 45000.00 Annum
Contact Consultant:
Chris Beckenham

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