5 standout roles for chemists that are too good to miss

Posted on 27 April 2022

​Chemists are currently in demand like never before. As a result, there is a huge range of incredible career opportunities on offer that are both intellectually stimulating and financially rewarding. Here are 5 of the standout roles for chemists in 2022.


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1.    R & D Chemist - Conformal Coatings


Lead the field with this UK-based R&D role. Joining one of the world’s leading innovators of conformal coatings, you’ll be designing, developing and testing new formulations for use in the global electronics industry. Open to all levels of experience and offering an attractive salary, benefits, travel, and a clear professional development programme within a highly successful R&D team this is a career-defining position for the right candidate. Find out more and apply here.


2.    Research & Development Scientist – Organic Synthesis


The second of our R&D roles focuses on using organic synthesis to develop the solutions needed for a zero-carbon world. Open to candidates with three or more years of industry experience and offering up to £39k and shares in the business, this is a unique opportunity to join a fast-growing company and develop era-defining decarbonisation technologies. Working within a fast-paced R&D team you’ll be designing and developing nanomaterials and surface treatments for use in the transport sector. Latest applications include novel battery technologies, hydrogen transportation and renewable energy. Find out more and see the full jobs spec by clicking here.


3.    Product Development Manager - Inks & Coatings


A highly competitive salary, bonus and excellent benefits are on offer for this Northumberland-based product development role. Joining an international company which drives innovation through creativity and passion, you will be responsible for laboratory development, transfer to manufacturing and customer liaison. An ability to bring new thinking to the areas of polymers, resins, surface coating and decorating technologies is key to this role, which will be focused on the development of a range of inks and coating for application onto plastic film. Click here to apply.


4.    Development Chemist - Coatings & Specialist Screeds


This exciting Essex-based development chemist role will see you develop new and innovative products for the construction industry, including industrial coatings and specialist screeds. Offering up to £50k, benefits and pension, you will be responsible for enhancing the performance and environmental credentials of existing products and formulating new systems. Identifying and sourcing new, environmentally friendly raw materials and working across departments makes this an ideal mid-tier role for someone looking to take the next step in their career. Find out more and apply here.

5.    Senior Chemist - Polyurethane Technology


This senior role working with a global organisation focused on the development of sustainable and green technology for the construction industry is one not to be missed. Ideal for a chemist with several years’ experience in the synthesis and formulation of polyurethane polymers, you will be working with a large R&D team, using state-of-the-art equipment, in purpose-built facilities. Part of the role includes developing knowledge of phenolic, polyurethane, and polyisocyanurate foam chemistry, to act as a resource for the Technical Processing teams. To find out more about the highly competitive salary, bonus and excellent benefits on offer apply here.


With new roles being added to merrittrecruitment.com all the time, check back regularly or get in touch to tell us about what you’d be looking for in your perfect position: laura@merrittrecruitment.com.


Dr Laura Merritt is an experienced recruiter and qualified chemist. Her PhD specialised in UV curing, photochemistry and polymer chemistry. Dr Merritt is the founder of Merritt Recruitment, a council member of the Oil & Colour Chemists’ Association, secretary of the Royal Society of Chemistry - Coatings Group and managing director of Surfex.


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