PhD Organic Chemist

PhD Organic Chemist
  • £28,000 - £33,000 per Annum
  • Permanent
  • Cheshire, England, UK WA7 4QX Cheshire UK WA7 4QX
Job Ref: J2161878
Sector: Science
Sub-sector: Chemicals
Date Added: 09 September 2021
PhD Organic Chemist required, based in North Cheshire. PhD qualification in Chemistry essential, in addition to industrial or industry-partnered exper

PhD Organic Chemist required, based in North Cheshire. PhD qualification in Chemistry essential, in addition to industrial or industry-partnered experience in design of organic synthetic routes and optimisation of new synthetic pathways.

Title: PhD Organic Chemist

Location: North Cheshire

Salary: £28,000 - £33,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Term: Permanent

SRG is working with a successful company based in North Cheshire who conduct research into the production of fine chemicals and bespoke intermediates for downstream industries. Continuing their expansion, they are now looking for a PhD Organic Chemist to join the team in a senior position and provide expertise at the bench in synthetic route design, troubleshooting and process optimisation. It would be an excellent opportunity for an experienced Organic Synthetic Chemist with a proven technical background in developing synthetic pathways to reach novel and known compounds.

Benefits: Senior role in a fast-paced business, with customers based all over the world in various chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Professional development available, in line with personal performance and company growth. 38.75 working hours/week - flexible start and finish times - Mon-Fri. Workplace pension, discretionary performance-related bonus, and 25 days holiday plus 8 statutory bank holidays. Overtime available at weekend at enhanced rate.

Role / Description

  • Undertaking research to inform route development and explore potential new revenue streams
  • Design & development of new synthetic routes (gram to kilo, single to multi-step) to produce custom molecules and compounds for customers
  • Liaising directly with customers to respond to enquiries and advise on options/feasibility
  • Scaling up synthesis from lab to pilot, and troubleshooting problems
  • Using analysis including NMR, GC, HPLC, FTIR, MS, column chromatography, etc. to characterise intermediates and finished compounds
  • Conducting process optimisation to improve yield, purity, energy input
  • Supporting junior team members with workload and problem-solving
  • Working to strict budgets and timeframes
  • Keeping detailed records of work and communicating with production, key stakeholders and customers on progress updates.


  • PhD qualification in Chemistry - with significant organic synthetic content
  • Proven industrial or industry-partnered post-doctoral experience of designing and developing organic synthetic pathways for the production of compounds
  • Particular experience in custom synthesis, fluorination chemistry or synthetic route screening considered advantageous
  • Able to think laterally, use initiative and suggest solutions to complex route problems
  • Commercial awareness of timelines, budget and customer interactions

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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Keywords: organic synthesis, organic chemistry, synthetic route, design, R&D, research & development, novel compounds, custom synthesis, catalogue synthesis, fine chemicals, fluorination, active compounds, chemist, research chemist, reaction, scale up, PhD, post-doc, med-chem, intermediates, drug development, CRO

09/10/2021 13:34:29
GBP 28000.00 33000 Annum
Contact Consultant:
Faye Allison

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