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KTP Associate - Additive Manufacturing Materials Scientist (Polymers)

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University of Exeter


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College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Science

The College wishes to recruit a Materials Scientist for a unique and exciting opportunity to work as the KTP Associate on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Exeter and Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd.

The post is available immediately, on a 2-year fixed term basis.

Sartorius Stedim Lab Limited (SSL) is a UK owned subsidiary of Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH, helping customers produce drugs safely, quickly and economically (cell cultivation, fermentation, filtration, purification and fluid management).

SSLís principal product range is single use laboratory disposables including centrifugal concentrators, utilising ultra-filtration membrane technology.

SSL design and manufacture products for their parent company.

Further information can be found at

This novel technology project, funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), will develop and optimise specific polymeric materials for Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the biopharma industry.

The successful candidate will work with state of the art AM systems and processes to ensure that project deliverables are relevant and of high value to the industrial sector.

Applicants will have a materials science background, preferably with a mastersí level qualification in the subject or a very good first degree.

They must also be a self-starter, have confidence in their own abilities, be happy to work alone and as part of an embedded team and have excellent communication skills.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate dedication to their work, a flexible approach and strong attention to detail.

Experience and knowledge of conducting materials focussed projects in an industrial and/or research-based environment is essential.

Applicants must also have demonstrable experience of materials processing, ideally powder bed additive manufacturing.

Previous experience of commercial product development, working with materials standards and certification of materials in the Biopharma industry would be beneficial.

The Associate must have an aptitude for, and show an interest in, the commercial aspects of the work being undertaken, and be keen to apply their expertise to produce marketable products that meet customer requirements.

Interest and enthusiasm for working with Sartorius Stedim in the Biopharma industry is essential.

Support, guidance and training will be provided and the position includes a £4,000 personal development budget as well as a two-week residential training course at Ashorne Hill.

The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Exeter, but will be based at Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

The project scope necessitates regular use of the facilities at the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing, and regular travel between the two locations will be required.

For further information please contact Professor Oana Ghita ( at the University of Exeter, or Jeremy Pullin ( at Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd.

The department has gained a Silver Athena SWAN award as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.

Interviews will take place at Sartorius Stedim Lab Ltd premises in in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire or virtually.

Due to the nature of the role, we will only shortlist candidates who demonstrate their suitability for this role via a covering letter and/or personal statement.

Status: Research Scientist
Minimum Experience: 1 years
Location: Stonehouse, Gloucestershire and Exeter, UNITED KINGDOM
Remuneration: 27511 - 34804 UK Pounds/year
Advert Published: 18 May 2020
Expiry date: 2 Jun 2020
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