Development Chemist/Chemical Engineer - KTP Associate

£22,417 - £24,461

Oldbury, West Midlands - 2 years

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Job description

This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in industry with the support of company and academic mentors.

Johnson Test Papers Ltd, based in Oldbury in the West Midlands, has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton on this KTP project to enable them to develop a new range of “non-bleed” pH indicator papers. The company have 70 years of experience in manufacturing an extensive range of test paper products ranging from simple pH testing, water analysis, production processes and measurements of special food parameters. Recent growth has enabled Johnson Test Papers to open a R&D facility, allowing the company to develop it’s own products as well as fulfil more bespoke requests from new and existing customers.

The company has considerable expertise in paper impregnation technology and the development of paper test strips, but require a suitable research and Development Chemist/Chemical Engineer to work on a 24-month project aimed at developing a new range of “non-bleed” pH indicator papers. The project will require the associate to:

Build on a preliminary proof-of-concept dataset to synthesise a portfolio of “non- bleed” pH indicator dyes. This would require the associate to perform complex synthetic organic processes, whilst maintaining oversight of percentage yields and safety factors.
Use Chemical Engineering principles to scale up synthetic procedures to pre-pilot and pilot scale. This would require the associate to assess the current equipment within the company and make design recommendations for improvement.
Implementation of all of the above to produce final products for sale
We are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic candidate who is able to take ownership of this project and see it through to conclusion. You should also have the desire to develop your knowledge in an environment that encourages innovative thinking with the opportunity for real application to problem solving in the organic chemistry and chemical engineering fields. You will be required to undertake any travel necessary to develop and manage the partnership element of the project.

A positive attitude and pride in your work, showing attention to detail and quality control are essential. This position is integral to the strategic direction of the business, and the desire to be part of the long-term success and growth of the business is essential. To support your commitment to continuous self-development you will have a generous personal development budget in addition to KTP Management Training

Project description

The main aim for this project is to create a suite of new innovative pH indicator products. These new products will be unique in the fact that they will be 100% “non-bleed”. (“Bleeding” is a term used in this industry to describe when a paper-based pH strip leaches its coloured dye into the sample being tested, therefore contaminating it.) Non-bleed indicators are particularly required for food and medical applications.

This project has two distinct phases to it:

Design and manufacture of “non-bleed” pH indicating dyes. This will include confirmation and development of a synthesis procedure to create a portfolio of dyes to cover the entire pH 0 — 14 range.
Scale up of this synthesis procedure to pilot scale to be able to produce initially 10’s of grams of dye, with the final aim to produce 100g’s of dye per batch. This phase will also include the manufacture of final product i.e., pH strips

About the business

Johnson Test Papers Ltd is an established company founded in 1949 producing paper test strips used internationally to provide a quick and easy indication of chemical concentrations including pH. They are widely used in education, medical and the health & safety industries. E.g., to show the potability of drinking water in third world applications.

Science

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are part funded by Innovate UK to support business-university interactions in the UK. The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Wolverhampton, and will be based at Johnson Test Papers in Oldbury, with time also spent using the science laboratory provision at the Wolverhampton City campus if necessary. The purpose of this partnership with Johnson Test Papers (JTP) is to develop and scale up the production of a portfolio of new, innovative “non-bleed” pH indicator products. Non-bleed indicators are particularly required for a range of food and biomedical applications.

The successful candidate must have: Minimum of a BSc/BEng Hons (1st or 2.1 class) in Chemistry or multidisciplinary degrees such as Chemical Engineering with Chemistry or equivalent, suitable secondary degrees such as MSc or PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering would be advantageous. Evidence of successful project management right through to completion. Strong communication skills and a desire to commit to self-development.

16 July 2021

1 August 2021

1 September 2021

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This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in industry with the support of company and academic mentors.

Johnson Test Papers Ltd, based in Oldbury in the West Midlands, has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton on this KTP project to enable them to develop a new range of “non-bleed” pH indicator papers. The company have 70 years of experience in manufacturing an extensive range of test paper products ranging from simple pH testing, water analysis, production processes and measurements of special food parameters. Recent growth has enabled Johnson Test Papers to open a R&D facility, allowing the company to develop it’s own products as well as fulfil more bespoke requests from new and existing customers.

The company has considerable expertise in paper impregnation technology and the development of paper test strips, but require a suitable research and Development Chemist/Chemical Engineer to work on a 24-month project aimed at developing a new range of “non-bleed” pH indicator papers. The project will require the associate to:

Build on a preliminary proof-of-concept dataset to synthesise a portfolio of “non- bleed” pH indicator dyes. This would require the associate to perform complex synthetic organic processes, whilst maintaining oversight of percentage yields and safety factors.
Use Chemical Engineering principles to scale up synthetic procedures to pre-pilot and pilot scale. This would require the associate to assess the current equipment within the company and make design recommendations for improvement.
Implementation of all of the above to produce final products for sale
We are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic candidate who is able to take ownership of this project and see it through to conclusion. You should also have the desire to develop your knowledge in an environment that encourages innovative thinking with the opportunity for real application to problem solving in the organic chemistry and chemical engineering fields. You will be required to undertake any travel necessary to develop and manage the partnership element of the project.

A positive attitude and pride in your work, showing attention to detail and quality control are essential. This position is integral to the strategic direction of the business, and the desire to be part of the long-term success and growth of the business is essential. To support your commitment to continuous self-development you will have a generous personal development budget in addition to KTP Management Training