Centre For Process Innovation (CPI) - Senior Research Scientist – Analytical Measurement

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Senior Research Scientist – Analytical Measurement
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Job Details

Location: Sedgefield, England
Salary: £32,000 - £43,000 per annum – dependant on experience
Employment: Full-time - Permanent
Team: Science and Engineering
Reference: CPI-2322-21

About CPI
At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.
With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.
Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work
We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Analyst to join the Formulation business unit at CPI. 
As a Senior Research Scientist in Analytical Measurement, you will be instrumental in delivering a range of innovation projects for customers from across market sectors, including nanopharmaceuticals, FMCG and agritech.

Your focus will be on leading the analytical workstreams within projects, working with colleagues to design and deliver a successful technical outcome, using state of the art equipment across a range of techniques. You will need to be a strong communicator able to convey complex technical concepts effectively to customers and senior managers.

Examples of projects which have involved elements of analytical measurements include:

Developing and executing process measurements in pharmaceutical encapsulation projects.

Using a range of chromatography techniques to monitor a material’s composition and its changes throughout a production process.

Technology transfer of methods from a range of industrial partners to enable on-site analysis against product specifications.

Use of mass spectrometry to identify ​‘unknown’ components within a reaction mixture.

Key activities of the role include:

Contributing expert knowledge in analytical measurement to inform project scoping and working collaboratively to help deliver plans to achieve the business objectives.

Working with the team to deliver technical projects by setting up, planning and executing scientific experiments including performing analysis, data interpretation and reporting of results to agreed timescales.

Apply measurement techniques to characterise properties relevant to a range of industry challenges including in the areas of materials science, nanomaterials, composites, process chemistry, colloids and nanopharmaceuticals.

Contributing expertise to projects by developing new measurement methods, including quantification, and troubleshooting on a range of analytical techniques such as GC/HPLC/GPC.

Developing and maintaining safe working practices for handling potentially challenging materials, for example, active pharmaceutical ingredients.

To provide clearly documented records of technical data, decisions, methodologies, calculations and software using an agreed format.

Being responsible for the maintenance and calibration of equipment to ensure it operates safely and efficiently.

The person we are seeking
The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, working across many market sectors to transfer knowledge and skills to solve innovative technical challenges. 
To achieve this, you will need to be educated to at least a degree (preferably PhD) level in Analytical Measurement or a related field and be able to demonstrate laboratory experience in using common analytical laboratory equipment.

Significant technical expertise in chromatography techniques (e.g., GC/HPLC/GPC) including the development of new methods, quantitation and analytical troubleshooting, and compelling evidence of complex technical problem-solving is also essential.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have experience in the principles and practices of measurement and quantitation gained through your career to date, and experience in analysing chemical, biological, biochemical, or pharmaceutical samples.

Working within a sterile or GMP environment would also be desirable and knowledge of, or an interest in learning about, other additional techniques (such as thermal analytical and mass spectrometry) would be useful. A keen interest in keeping up to date with new technology and developments within the field of analytical measurements is also highly desirable.

Applicants must be able to effectively use Microsoft packages such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The ideal candidate will be committed to, and actively seek opportunities to develop themselves within this new and exciting role.

What does CPI offer you?
At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:
  • Up to 33 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking
Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information
The interview process will include a 20-minute presentation titled ​“Challenges of analytical measurements and their mitigations”.

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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