Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3688/1

Location: Houghton le Spring, Tyne and Wear, DH4 5PP
Salary: £28,000 - £33,000
Qualification required: MChem, MSc, BSc (Hons) see above
Closing Date: 23 August 2018
KTP Advert Ref: 3688/1
This is a great opportunity to be involved in the core business development strategy of Lear Corporation UK Ltd. The role is to lead a Polymer Formulation project as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Northumbria University and industry partner Lear Corporation UK Ltd. You will work collaboratively with a fellow KTP Associate leading a complementary Automotive Foam Production project which is part of the same project.

You should have an interest in Organic Chemistry and Polymer/Material Science as this project will operate at the interface between these disciplines. The role will involve learning the state-of-the-art in current polyurethane foam technology as well as researching recent advances in this and related fields, though study of the scientific literature. With the help of the KTP supervisors, you will be expected to apply your developing knowledge to the creation of new foamed system, to developed quantitative test methods for measure physical properties of the foams (in collaboration with the Engineering KTP Associate) and use this to create new prototype systems for application in high specification automotive seating.
Skills required: Applicants should have a recent MChem (graduation within the last 5 years), or a recent BSc(Hons) in chemistry (at 2:1 or above) with either an appropriate MSc qualification or significant relevant experience through graduate employment, placement, internship or dissertation topic. A good BSc (Hons) qualification may be considered if accompanied by strong polymer chemistry experience gained through either University project work or work experience.
Knowledge Base Partner: Newcastle, University of Northumbria at
Company partner: Lear Corporation (UK) Limited
Company business area: Manufacture automotive seating and electrical systems.
Contact: Dr Matt Unthank, Northumbria University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST, Tel: +44 (0)191 227 3249
matthew.unthank@northumbria.ac.uk

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