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Research Development and Innovation Project Leader (KTP Associate)

Reference:  FS0432
Campus:  External Organisation Site
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Science and Engineering
School/Department:  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Subject Group/Team:  Chemistry
Salary:  £30,000 to £32,000 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Wednesday 24 July 2019

Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification in the Job Description below.

Fixed term, full time position for 28 months, with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter.

Photocentric Ltd is a specialist chemical manufacturer of a wide variety of photopolymers that can harden in visible light curing technologies and we have received the Queen’s Award for Innovation. We have applied our innovations to craft and office stamps, flexographic printing and 3D printing. We commercialized the first LCD screen-based 3D printer and manufacture the Liquid Crystal range of 3D printers.

We offer an exciting opportunity to work on the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project ‘3D printing of functional light curable resins and low adhesion coatings. This ambitious 28 month project is concerned with innovations in 3D printing technology, both in the development of novel, multifunctional photocurable resins and in the creation of anti-stick coatings to enhance stereolithographic printing processes.

The project is funded by Innovate UK and Photocentric through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, a UK Government scheme intended to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry. This KTP is part of a national, Government-supported initiative which provides graduates with fast-track career opportunities through work on challenging projects (for more information please visit

You will be employed by the University of Hull as a Knowledge Transfer Associate whilst being based at Photocentric, Peterborough. You will be fully supported by an Academic Supervisor (Dr Jia Min Chin) and a Company Supervisor (Dr Sarah Karmel). In this role, you will be offered an exciting career with the autonomy to develop and manage cutting-edge research in photopolymers, additives and coatings within Photocentric. You will be fully involved in these projects and the decisions around them. We offer an open research environment and collaborative possibilities with external partners and expect that you will fully take advantage of this environment through your creativity, problem-solving capabilities, and drive. You will also be given the opportunity to be involved in the creation of innovative, market-leading materials, which is expected to deliver significant economic and environmental benefits for Photocentric, and top-tier research publications for the university.

Within this role, you will also receive up to £5,000 for training and development to boost your expertise and skills for a successful career in academia or industry alike.

There is a potential opportunity for permanent employment with Photocentric after successful completion of the KTP project.

We expect the successful candidate to have: 

  • A BSc or MSc Degree (2:1 or above) in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Material Science or related subject and relevant industrial work experience
  • Or you have recently completed a PhD Degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Material Science or a related subject 
  • Experience in an R&D environment within the polymer, adhesive, surface coatings or composite materials is desirable
  • An innovative mind with proven creative success;
  • Capability to work independently in an R&D environment, taking charge of and leading the development of successful products 
  • Experience of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, photopolymerization, formulation chemistry is an advantage 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the post

    • Development and characterization of functional, photocurable resins for 3D printing.
    • Identifying the technological performance of developed resins.
    • Development of anti-stick coatings to enhance 3D printing process performance.
    • Engagement with other employees for technology development.
    • Delivering to defined targets within defined timescales.
    • Knowledge transfer between University of Hull and Photocentric Ltd.
    • Preparation and presentation of progress reports at Local Management Committee meetings.
    • Undertaking generic training aspects of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme

Please note that interviews will take place in Peterborough

The closing date for this job vacancy has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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At Hull we are committed to equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion at every level, because we believe a diverse workforce brings broader expertise, improved innovation and greater success for all. 

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.



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