Chemistry and Materials Scientist

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Contract type
Open Ended
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire.
Closing date
22 May 2022
Dependent on skills and experience

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) one of Europe’s largest research organisations and part of UKRI (United Kingdom Research & Innovation) is looking for a Chemistry and Materials Scientist to join a dedicated team of experts working on some the most exciting science in the UK today.

What we do

The Composites and Materials Testing group at STFC develops materials and produces key parts for all departments on site, particularly ISIS, and for customers worldwide including CERN, ITER, ESS and ESA. Applications also include the world’s largest physics experiments, space probes and satellites. We have well-equipped labs to manufacture composite parts using our own custom-made formulations to ensure the work we’re doing is the best it can be.

The role

Have you ever wanted to work somewhere truly extraordinary where you could learn from some of the best minds in Composites and Materials?  

Salary: Band C £25,702 to £27,938 or Band D £31,931 to £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £2,000 per annum is also available for this role

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 10.5 bank holidays + defined average salary pension

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 22 hours per week)


Duties of the role will include tasks such as

  • Performing materials testing and analysis (thermal, mechanical, rheology and chemical techniques).
  • Advising on chemical hazards and provide support with COSHH assessments.
  • Developing epoxy formulations according to project needs.
  • Performing trials on new materials, including pilot tests.

Our ideal candidate

Along with a strong interest in science and technology to excel in this role candidates must have and a desire to acquire a wide range of skills to help STFC deliver world-leading science. Often this will require original thinking or finding solutions from other fields, to imagine & build the innovative solutions we need to succeed.

Person Specification

  • Chemistry or Materials Science degree. (S)
  • Good GCSEs (or equivalent) in Maths, English, and a science. (S)
  • Good safety awareness. (S&I)
  • Computer literate (familiar with using MS Office to write reports and procedures, and to create and manipulate XY charts for example) (Quality of cover letter may be used). (S&I)

Additional Information

  • The role involves working with hazardous material and in low-level radiation environments.

Disability Confident Employer

As a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application.

At UKRI we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to flourish and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’