The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is the UK’s national innovation agency – a quango that reports to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The TSB has created a series of Catapult centres – world-leading technology and innovation hubs – that provide businesses with access to facilities, equipment and expertise, while also conducting internal R&D.
The High Value Manufacturing Catapult was the first to open a few months ago, and is composed of seven “partners”. As these academic/industry collaborations grow, new science and engineering jobs should be created – indeed many are already advertised across the various partner and university job sites.
This week we’ll take a look at what opportunities there are for chemists at these sites, including links to their Twitter account and job page(s) so it’s easier to find any open positions.
Location: Wilton & Sedgefield in the North East
Jobs advertised on their own job site
The CPI focuses on six key technologies: Industrial biotechnology, printable electronics, smart chemistry, anaerobic digestion, thermal technologies and sustainable engineering.
Chemists from a wide variety of backgrounds could find something of interest here – with process chem, biochem, biocatalysis, electrochem, materials, devices, physical chem and engineering all catered for.
Smart Chemistry uses a range of technologies in conjunction with scientific expertise to quickly develop new products and processes for clients. Facilities include a range of reactor types for continuous processing, emulsification, particle engineering and milling; and new reaction chemistries have also been developed. A 50L pilot plant is available for testing scale-up feasibility.
The National Industrial Biotechnology Facility allows the development and scale-up of bioprocesses from 1 to 10,000L, and case studies include the development of petrochemical substitutes and enzyme production.
The CPI has over 170 employees, including 45 PhDs.
Current vacancies include: laboratory printing scientist, mechanical engineer, anaerobic digestion process engineer and commercialisation manager.