PhD Research Chemist

PhD Research Chemist
  • £30,000 - £35,000 per Annum
  • Permanent
  • Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, England, UK CH65 4EY Cheshire West and Chester Cheshire UK CH65 4EY
Job Ref: J2159287
Sector: Science
Sub-sectors: Food & FMCG, Energy/Renewables, Chemicals
Date Added: 29 April 2021
PhD Research Chemist required, based in Cheshire West. Requiring a PhD in Chemistry, with a significant focus on organic synthesis.

PhD Research Chemist required, based in Cheshire West. Requiring a PhD in Chemistry, with a focus on organic synthesis and an interest in working on varied synthetic projects across multiple industries.

Title: PhD Research Chemist

Location: Cheshire West

Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 per annum + benefits

Term: Permanent

SRG is working with a well-respected, global company who develop speciality chemicals and additives for downstream chemical industries. With a genuine drive for innovation, they are now looking for a PhD Research Chemist to join their R&D hub, working on a varied projects to produce functional chemical compounds for a wide range of downstream products. Using current literature and trends, you will devise synthetic experiments to develop new products in the lab, optimising viable candidates for commercialisation. This would be an excellent opportunity for a PhD-qualified Chemist who had academic or industrial experience of organic synthesis. A creative mind set and the flexibility to work on a variety of projects is key.

Benefits: Multinational chemicals business with a strong focus on innovation and a vibrant community of R&D scientists. 38 working hours, 8.40am-5.00pm Monday to Friday with some flexibility on start and finish times. 25 days holiday as standard plus 8 statutory days, increasing with length of service. Enhanced pension scheme, private healthcare or health cash plan, share save scheme and annual company bonus.

Role / Description

  • Devising and managing projects to develop new functional chemical compounds via synthetic methods

  • Designing and carrying out lab-based experiments, synthesis and characterisation of new products
  • Using analytical skills including NMR, Mass Spectrometry, IR and crystallisation for characterisation
  • Working closely with Applications Chemists to evaluate viability and performance of compounds in market formulations
  • Using literature, market trends and industry conferences to inform development of synthetic routes and reaction mechanisms
  • Establishing test methods, interpreting resulting analysis and reporting on findings
  • Maintaining an awareness of product development and trends in specific industry and project areas
  • Liaising with other internal R&D teams to share information, collaborate and contribute to parallel or long term R&D projects.


  • Minimum PhD in Chemistry - must have significant focus on organic synthetic chemistry
  • Interest in using creative synthetic techniques to produce compounds which could be used in a variety of products - e.g. oilfield chemicals, agrochemicals, household products, personal care products
  • Post-doc or industrial experience organic synthesis considered advantageous but not essential
  • Good communication and problem-solving skills

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 Faye on 0161 868 2218.

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.

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29/05/2021 09:54:33
GBP 30000.00 35000.00 Annum
Contact Consultant:
Faye Allison

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