PhD Research Chemist - new job in Cheshire, UK

PhD Research Chemist
  • £38,000 - £45,000 per Annum
  • Permanent
  • Cheshire, England, UK CH65 4EY Cheshire Cheshire UK CH65 4EY
Job Ref: J2166160
Sector: Science
Sub-sector: Chemicals
Date Added: 01 August 2022
PhD Research Chemist, based in Cheshire. Specialising in Carbon Nanotube synthesis. Must be PhD-qualified with organic synthesis post-doc experience

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

PhD Research Chemist


Salary: Circa £40,000 per annum


SRG is 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

  • Experience in constructing lab-scale experimental reactor rigs

  • Self-motivated and excited by research into new, disruptive technologies

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.

SRG is the UK's number one recruitment company specialising in the scientific, engineering, clinical, pharmaceutical, food/FMCG, energy & renewables, biotech, chemical and medical device sectors. As scientists ourselves, our specialist sector knowledge and our passion are second to none. It's this combination that makes us different. We're committed to providing outstanding temporary, contract and permanent career opportunities of all levels for our candidates and a comprehensive range of expert strategic recruitment services for our clients.

Keywords: chemistry, nanochemistry, nanotechnology, nanocarbon, organic synthesis, carbon nanotubes, CNT, CNT, chemical vapour deposition, chemical vapor deposition, CVD, graphene, fullerene, allotrope, microfabrication, SWCNT, MWCNT, nanosystem, fluidized bed reactor

31/08/2022 18:31:12
GBP 38000 45000 Annum
Contact Consultant:
Faye Allison

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