Graduate Materials Scientist

Contract type
Wotton-under-Edge, UK
Closing date
17 Jun 2022
£28,000 - £32,000 depending on experience

Renishaw’s Group Engineering Division is seeking to recruit a Materials Scientist that will provide specialist support to the business divisions. The successful candidate will be part of an enthusiastic team within Materials Analysis and Research based at its headquarters in Gloucestershire. This role will involve working in teams as well as individually to problem solve and suggest solutions where material characteristics appear to be the cause. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out analytical material analysis techniques, provide engineering material property advice, selection and provide laboratory support.

Opportunities for career development and training: 

  • Upskilling materials analysis techniques and testing processes
  • Attendance at conferences and technical collaborations
  • Opportunity to work towards Chartered Engineer status


  • Serve as a first point of contact when customer returns or production issues occur where material characteristics appear to be the cause. Relevant tests and analytical techniques may be proposed that would help to identify the root cause of these problems and recommend solutions.
  • Identification and analysis of unknown materials, failure types and causes using methods such as optical microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (EDX and EBSD), Raman spectroscopy, FT- IR and X-ray CT as well as other destructive analytical mechanical testing methods and equipment.   
  • Provide laboratory support to specialist materials science teams.
  • Discuss materials related issues, such as metals and their alloys, polymers, ceramics or coatings that could be used to enhance current products or develop new ones.
  • Provide material selection advice in the early stage of new product development projects starting from concept feasibility.

Key requirements: 

  • Degree in Materials Science or equivalent discipline preferably to MSc level.
  • Significant prior demonstratable independent SEM use, skills including electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) and industrial computed tomography (CT). 
  • An understanding of manufacturing technologies, processes and materials selection for engineering applications.
  • Proven aptitude for problem solving and the ability to develop solutions for complex problems.
  • Analytical skills to support material analysis, identification and fault finding.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • If not UK native - minimum IELTS score of 7

Desirable requirements:

  • Hands-on practical laboratory or workshop experience.
  • An appreciation and preferably experience of non-destructive and destructive testing methods.
  • An interest in science and experimental activities.
  • A valid UK driving license, as visits to other sites will occasionally be required.


Person specification:

The successful applicant would be a dynamic, flexible individual with a practical approach to materials science and engineering. The candidate would be organised, reliable, have a confident and authoritative manner with a creative and methodical approach to problem solving. A strong work ethic, self-motivation and high productivity is expected within this role.

When you join Renishaw, we're committing to your future career. That's because we believe in developing our people's skills and promoting them internally. We also offer a benefits package that's highly desirable, including a 9% non-contributory pension, discretionary annual bonus and pay reviews, subsidised onsite restaurant, free parking and sports and leisure societies. Of course, we appreciate there’s more to work than the office, so we also offer 25 days holiday, Life Assurance (and BUPA Renishaw Health Trust.)