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Innovation Fellow in Chemical Science (polymer synthesis)

Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Sunday 29 November 2020
Reference:  A3116

 The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University is seeking an outstanding and ambitious candidate for the post of Innovation Fellow to support R&D activities in the focus area of Polymer Science to work on the £4.9M Next Generation Chemistry Project. The NextGenChem is a co-designed programme between Lancaster University and Yordas Group and partly financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme offers innovation support to over 300 SMEs in the Lancashire area relevant to chemicals production and usage such as in the aerospace, automotive, energy, applied healthcare and life sciences sectors. 

The position requires actively engaging with SMEs in the Lancashire area to analyze industry R&D challenges, device solutions, and to develop Next Generation polymeric materials and processes. The Innovation Fellow is expected to work across a range of industrial sectors, such as Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical Manufacturing and Formulators, Energy, Health Care & Life Sciences.

You should have a PhD degree in chemistry, working on polymer synthesis and characterization. The successful candidate will work across several laboratories and with Academics at Lancaster University. We would anticipate the successful candidate has previous experience of working on an industry project. The successful candidate will show a strong interest in collaborating SMEs and expected to demonstrate their knowledge of industry-relevant research; candidates without industry experience are still encouraged to apply.

Candidates are encouraged to make an informal e-mail enquiry prior to making an application, by contacting Professor Joe Sweeney. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however, the role remains contingent on external funding which, at this time is for 24 months, with a possible extension to 27 months, subject to funding body approval.

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK. Top 10 in three main league tables, we also have a TEF Gold rating for teaching and we're highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings. We're proud to have been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. Lancaster is also ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate-level employment in the Complete University Guide 2020. From the facilities you need on campus, to the historic city on your doorstep, Lancaster is made for learning.

Interviews will be held week commencing 14 December 2020.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups

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