KTP Associate – Corrosion Chemist

£38000 - £43000

Portlethen, Kincardineshire - 34 months

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Job description

Overview of the Role

Do you have an interest in corrosion science and a strong background in synthetic chemistry at PhD level? Are you a multi-talented candidate familiar with chemical synthesis, corrosion inhibitor development and/or surfactant science?

Are you enthused by using your knowledge of chemistry and/or corrosion science to address a challenging problem in a commercial setting? If so, would you like to join a progressive company to create new, sustainable, polymer-based corrosion inhibitor formulations for high temperature geothermal applications?

The University of Leeds has an excellent opportunity for you to ‘fast track’ your career in industry by leading a strategically important project to a successful conclusion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be working in partnership with Roemex Limited and the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds, one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities.

Roemex Limited, based in Portlethen (near Aberdeen), manufactures and distributes Speciality Chemicals used by the global energy sector. Roemex have recently extended focus to the provision of corrosion inhibitors for high temperature geothermal infrastructure. To be competitive in this sector, Roemex wish to further their knowledge and abilities to synthesise and validate novel inhibitor chemistries at laboratory scale, thereby ensuring their products perform as expected in the field. This will meet Roemex’s goal to achieve greener and more sustainable chemistries via innovation in chemical synthesis/formulation optimisation in the high enthalpy geothermal market.

You will be integrated into Roemex’s R&D team in Aberdeen as part of a dynamic team of chemists and engineers to develop novel corrosion inhibitor formulations for high temperature geothermal applications, achieved through the provision and development of new synthesis, testing and modelling techniques to facilitate the in-house optimisation of chemical products.

Roemex’s dedicated R&D centre provides a unique environment to undertake extensive chemical research, testing and development across three high specification laboratories and will afford you access to excellent facilities throughout the duration of your project. These will be supplemented when necessary during the project by utilising the “state of the art” facilities available in Leeds.

What does the role entail?

Your responsibilities will include:

To establish infrastructure in Roemex’s laboratory for chemical synthesis, familiarise yourself with the principles of polymer synthesis and the operation of the synthesis equipment.
To understand the operation of high-temperature, high pressure autoclave systems.
Following training from the University supervisors, to develop expertise in machine-learning and optimisation techniques and associated software.
To utilise the knowledge gained to develop chemicals capable of functioning in demanding environments, establishing the link between chemical structure and surface interaction and implementing appropriate optimisation and electrochemical techniques to succeed.
To design and develop reliable autoclave test methods to provide information on inhibitor performance in real-world systems.
To deliver and lead a complex project, using time management skills and coordinating with the various teams involved.
Prepare research papers based on the project findings with help from the project’s academic supervisors to advance scientific understanding and raise awareness.
These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What are the benefits of being a KTP Associate?

All KTP Associates spend 10% of their time on Personal Development, making full use of a £5,667 PD budget
Access to two residential training sessions aimed at developing project management skills
Opportunity to gain both management and academic experience
Potential to fast-track a career in industry
Access to a wealth of academic resources
Access to a Travel & Subsistence and Consumables budget
Access to mentoring sessions through Innovate UK

Qualifications and Skills

Essential:
A minimum 2:1 degree in an Engineering or Physical Sciences subject relating to Materials, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.
A PhD in the general area of Synthetic Chemistry or Corrosion Science
An understanding and experience of chemical synthesis
Understanding of techniques and processes relating to molecular/surface characterisation and/or electrochemistry.
Strong inter-personal and communication skills.
Organisational skills and the ability to deliver against agreed objectives, working independently to manage your own time.
A strong work ethic with a commitment to drive a project forward and meet challenges head on.
The ability to manage a budget with a view to investing in your personal development and career progression.

Desirable:
Knowledge of electrochemical methods and/or implementation of design of experiments and optimisation methods in practical systems.
A background or general understanding of the geothermal market with a desire to progress your career in this field.
Experience of working in a cross-organisational team or a team of individuals from different working backgrounds.
Experience specifically in the context of polymer synthesis and characterisation.

Additional information

Working as a KTP Associate at Leeds

You will be an employee of the University of Leeds and will have access to University facilities. However, you will be based at the company premises, working to their terms. You will have access to the University’s USS pension scheme, with generous employer contributions.

A diverse workforce

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has received a prestigious Athena SWAN SILVER award from Advance HE, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. This award represents the combined efforts of all schools in the Faculty and shows the positive actions we have taken to ensure that our policies, processes and ethos all promote an equal and inclusive environment for work and study.

Working at Leeds

Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Leeds area on our Working at Leeds information page.

Faculty and School Information

Further information is available on the research and teaching activities in the links contained within the text above.

Candidates with disabilities

Information for candidates with disabilities, impairments or health conditions, including requesting alternative formats, can be found on our Accessibility information page or by getting in touch with us at disclosure@leeds.ac.uk. The post is located at the company premises. Candidates with disabilities wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact Katie Wallett (Research and Innovation Service), K.Wallett@leeds.ac.uk

Project description

Create a new, sustainable, environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitor formulation for high temperature geothermal applications, achieved through the provision and development of new synthesis, testing and modelling techniques to facilitate the in-house optimisation of such products.

About the business

https://www.roemex.com/

Chemistry

Corrosion Chemist

A minimum 2:1 degree in an Engineering or Physical Sciences subject relating to Materials

24 June 2024

26 July 2024

CSRIS1330


Overview of the Role

Do you have an interest in corrosion science and a strong background in synthetic chemistry at PhD level? Are you a multi-talented candidate familiar with chemical synthesis, corrosion inhibitor development and/or surfactant science?

Are you enthused by using your knowledge of chemistry and/or corrosion science to address a challenging problem in a commercial setting? If so, would you like to join a progressive company to create new, sustainable, polymer-based corrosion inhibitor formulations for high temperature geothermal applications?

The University of Leeds has an excellent opportunity for you to ‘fast track’ your career in industry by leading a strategically important project to a successful conclusion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be working in partnership with Roemex Limited and the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds, one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities.

Roemex Limited, based in Portlethen (near Aberdeen), manufactures and distributes Speciality Chemicals used by the global energy sector. Roemex have recently extended focus to the provision of corrosion inhibitors for high temperature geothermal infrastructure. To be competitive in this sector, Roemex wish to further their knowledge and abilities to synthesise and validate novel inhibitor chemistries at laboratory scale, thereby ensuring their products perform as expected in the field. This will meet Roemex’s goal to achieve greener and more sustainable chemistries via innovation in chemical synthesis/formulation optimisation in the high enthalpy geothermal market.

You will be integrated into Roemex’s R&D team in Aberdeen as part of a dynamic team of chemists and engineers to develop novel corrosion inhibitor formulations for high temperature geothermal applications, achieved through the provision and development of new synthesis, testing and modelling techniques to facilitate the in-house optimisation of chemical products.

Roemex’s dedicated R&D centre provides a unique environment to undertake extensive chemical research, testing and development across three high specification laboratories and will afford you access to excellent facilities throughout the duration of your project. These will be supplemented when necessary during the project by utilising the “state of the art” facilities available in Leeds.

What does the role entail?

Your responsibilities will include:

To establish infrastructure in Roemex’s laboratory for chemical synthesis, familiarise yourself with the principles of polymer synthesis and the operation of the synthesis equipment.
To understand the operation of high-temperature, high pressure autoclave systems.
Following training from the University supervisors, to develop expertise in machine-learning and optimisation techniques and associated software.
To utilise the knowledge gained to develop chemicals capable of functioning in demanding environments, establishing the link between chemical structure and surface interaction and implementing appropriate optimisation and electrochemical techniques to succeed.
To design and develop reliable autoclave test methods to provide information on inhibitor performance in real-world systems.
To deliver and lead a complex project, using time management skills and coordinating with the various teams involved.
Prepare research papers based on the project findings with help from the project’s academic supervisors to advance scientific understanding and raise awareness.
These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

What are the benefits of being a KTP Associate?

All KTP Associates spend 10% of their time on Personal Development, making full use of a £5,667 PD budget
Access to two residential training sessions aimed at developing project management skills
Opportunity to gain both management and academic experience
Potential to fast-track a career in industry
Access to a wealth of academic resources
Access to a Travel & Subsistence and Consumables budget
Access to mentoring sessions through Innovate UK

Qualifications and Skills

Essential:
A minimum 2:1 degree in an Engineering or Physical Sciences subject relating to Materials, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.
A PhD in the general area of Synthetic Chemistry or Corrosion Science
An understanding and experience of chemical synthesis
Understanding of techniques and processes relating to molecular/surface characterisation and/or electrochemistry.
Strong inter-personal and communication skills.
Organisational skills and the ability to deliver against agreed objectives, working independently to manage your own time.
A strong work ethic with a commitment to drive a project forward and meet challenges head on.
The ability to manage a budget with a view to investing in your personal development and career progression.

Desirable:
Knowledge of electrochemical methods and/or implementation of design of experiments and optimisation methods in practical systems.
A background or general understanding of the geothermal market with a desire to progress your career in this field.
Experience of working in a cross-organisational team or a team of individuals from different working backgrounds.
Experience specifically in the context of polymer synthesis and characterisation.

Additional information

Working as a KTP Associate at Leeds

You will be an employee of the University of Leeds and will have access to University facilities. However, you will be based at the company premises, working to their terms. You will have access to the University’s USS pension scheme, with generous employer contributions.

A diverse workforce

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has received a prestigious Athena SWAN SILVER award from Advance HE, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. This award represents the combined efforts of all schools in the Faculty and shows the positive actions we have taken to ensure that our policies, processes and ethos all promote an equal and inclusive environment for work and study.

Working at Leeds

Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Leeds area on our Working at Leeds information page.

Faculty and School Information

Further information is available on the research and teaching activities in the links contained within the text above.

Candidates with disabilities

Information for candidates with disabilities, impairments or health conditions, including requesting alternative formats, can be found on our Accessibility information page or by getting in touch with us at disclosure@leeds.ac.uk. The post is located at the company premises. Candidates with disabilities wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact Katie Wallett (Research and Innovation Service), K.Wallett@leeds.ac.uk