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If you are soon to graduate or have graduated in the past five years with a honours degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, or a related subject, preferably at the 2:1 level or above, this is an exciting opportunity to work with Ansell Microgard, Ltd. on an ambitious 36 months project developing a new personal protective clothing products for the chemical industry, and their characterisation.

Ansell Microgard, Ltd. has a successful history of the design and manufacture of its branded, chemical Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), which it distributes through a network of Global Distributors. It also provides a Customer Advice and Technical Support Service as the performance of PPE, comprised of similar materials, may differ significantly depending on its origin of manufacture. This project will investigate the permeation of mixtures through polymer barriers resulting in new technologies and protective clothing products from insights gained.

This project is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership - part of a national, Government-supported initiative, which provides graduates with fast-track career opportunities through work on challenging projects (for more information please visit The project will be fully supported with expertise from the University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering.  

You’ll be expected to continue your personal and professional development throughout the project, acquiring new transferable skills that will enhance your employability, and a £6000 budget is available to support this training. The project offers the potential to undertake a higher degree (although this is not a requirement of the post) and up to £700 of the personal development budget can be used towards course fees.

For the right candidate there are excellent prospects for obtaining permanent employment with Ansell Microgard, Ltd. at the end of the project.

As well as a 2:1 bachelor degree or above in a relevant subject (Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or similar) you will need:

excellent time management skills for yourself and to progress the project that you will lead,the ability to take careful measurements, analyse large datasets and draw conclusions that will be critical to the success of the project,to be able to effectively communicate these findings to those higher up the management chain as well as train those who will implement your new protocols, andto be able to innovate to produce new solutions and products that will advance the company.

Please note that due to KTP scheme regulations, previous KTP Associates are not eligible to apply.

Salary £22500-£27000 per annum plus a personal development budget of up to £6000. 

Interviews are anticipated to be held in mid-December 2019.  To discuss this role informally, please contact: Dr Tommy Horozov ( Tel: 01482 465220, Dr Nathan Lawrence ( or Dr Jay Wadhawan (, Tel: 01482 466354

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Closing Date: 15 Nov 2019
Category: Researchers


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