Thursday, 15 March 2012

Focus on: Catapult - NCC and WMG

The fourth part of this series looks at two more “partners” within the Technology Strategy Board’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult – both of which could offer opportunities for #chemjobs now and in the future.

National Composites Centre

Location: Bristol & Bath Science Park

Partners: University of Bristol

Jobs listed on their own job site.

Twitter: @NCCUKinfo

The NCC aims to “develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products”. It has a new facility on the Bristol and Bath science park, and also works with other regional composite sites, including the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composite Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS).

Relevant areas of research for chemists may include: composites design and structural analysis, materials engineering and testing, and quality.

The NCC currently has few vacancies available, although there are PhD studentships and research associates available on the ACCIS job site.

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Location: Warwick

Partners: University of Warwick

Jobs listed on and the University of Warwick job site

Twitter: @wmgwarwick

The WMG is a well-established R&D group, supporting a range of industries. Within the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the WMG’s focus is on low carbon mobility. There are three research themes: lightweight product (advanced materials manufacture and performance), energy storage and management, and digital validation and verification.

The first theme builds on the WMG’s research experience in materials and manufacture – including ceramics, metals & alloys, polymers & composites, sustainable materials and materials characterization. For the second theme, there is a new facility planned for energy storage R&D which may provide further opportunities.

In total, the WMG has 450 people working on the Warwick campus, and they are currently recruiting research fellows.

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