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Bio-derived Polymer Systems Developer (KTP Associate, Vistafolia Ltd)

Department of Chemistry

Location:  Other
Salary:  £30,500 to £32,500 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 23 July 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 23 August 2020
Interview Date:  Monday 07 September 2020
Reference:  030120

Are you a recently qualified MSc/MChem graduate interested in developing a bio-based polymer?  Are you interested in product formulation and characterisation of plastics?

The University of Surrey and Vistafolia are offering (subject to contract) an exciting opportunity to lead and manage a 25-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop a bio-based polymer with measurable ultraviolet stability and fire-retardant qualities to create artificial foliage.

Vistafolia are a fast-growing world-wide artificial greenery brand, producing hyper-realistic artificial plants.

This KTP will enable you to kickstart your career in industry and apply your knowledge and technical expertise gained through academic study in a real-world context, to bring a new innovative product to market. The successful candidate will develop their understanding of the characteristics of existing products and use this knowledge as a benchmark for developing new innovative products for Vistafolia.

The successful candidate should possess the following: -

Technical criteria - Essential:

  • A recent MSc/MChem (or higher) degree in Chemistry or a related discipline, with a Materials Science background.
  • Knowledge of mechanical characterisation and synthesis of biopolymers.
  • Experience in laboratory set-up, and engineering design approaches.

Technical criteria - Desirable:

  • Experience of materials characterisation techniques (e.g. FTIR, SEM, XPS) would be beneficial.
  • Previous industrial work experience including placement.
  • Experience of technical documentation and reporting/presentation.

Non-technical criteria:

  • Proficiency in the English language (i.e. excellent speaking, listening, reading, writing skills).
  • Self-starter who will perform beyond the bounds of the immediate task-set, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Enthusiasm for the scientific method, embracing new ideas and concepts whilst bridging the gap between academia and industry, preserving the interests of both.

Based at Vistafolia)in Frimley, Surrey, you will have the confidence to manage and take full ownership of this KTP project - a collaboration between Vistafolia and the University of Surrey. To succeed in this role, you will require a clear understanding of both the KTP Programme and the company partner.Vistafolia designs, manufactures, and supplies unique and versatile ultra-realistic lush artificial green wall systems. The company’s success depends on innovation leadership, which means constantly improving product design and durability.

This KTP is offered on a 25-month fixed-term contract and will provide you with the opportunity to become a technical authority in this subject area, which may substantially enhance your employability post KTP. You will benefit from business-based training and career development, including a diverse range of non-technical skills, such as project management and leadership. Thus, you will be demonstrably pragmatic, efficient, creative, highly-proactive and motivated to embed new knowledge into the company.

Benefits you can expect from Vistafolia

  • 20 days leave per annum plus public holidays
  • Potential to secure a permanent job at the end of the KTP

Benefits you can expect from the University of Surrey

  • USS Pension, child care assistance, cycle-to-work scheme, season ticket loans.
  • Access to a wide range of courses under the Learning & Development programme; library access.

Benefits you can expect from the KTP Programme

  • Dedicated training budget for your personal development; opportunity to gain professional qualifications and an accelerated route to Chartered Engineer/Scientist status.
  • Access to academic support and the University’s laboratories to help you deliver your KTP project.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dan Bance, email: ilovektp@surrey.ac.uk. NB. Applications sent directly to this email address cannot be accepted.

Please note that if you require a Certificate of Sponsorship to take up this position, the University will only be able to grant this if a) you are a graduate switching into Tier 2 (General) within the UK from the student route or b) you are aged 25 or under on the date you apply.

Please be aware that, as part of the KTP Programme, your application will be viewed by members of the host organisation. By submitting your application, you are giving consent to share your personal details with the company partner outlined above.

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