Research Associate / Fellow in Polymer Processing (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Monday, 6th December 2021
Job Type
£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a research associate in polymer processing to support research in recycling acrylic plastics. Working in collaboration with Mitsubishi Chemical UK Ltd the successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of technical work packages which aim to enhance the  understanding of acrylic depolymerisation with thermal processing techniques. Training will be provided in specific depolymerisation technologies, but the candidate is expected to have experience in the handling and characterisation of polymeric materials and experience in the analysis of depolymerisation products. This is an excellent opportunity for a research with practical laboratory experience to further develop their skills within a collaborative and multidisciplinary project framework. 

The role holder should have, or be about to obtain a PhD in engineering, physical or material science disciplines. Experience with polymeric materials is essential, along with experience of safe laboratory working practices.

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing competitive employment packages whilst supporting the well-being of our staff to help them reach their full potential. As a University employee, you will have access to the resources of the university as well as a range of benefits and rewards, including staff discounts and travel schemes and a highly attractive pension scheme.

This is a full-time (36.25 hours) post, fixed term for 2 years. Arrangements for job share would be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to John Robinson ( or Ellie Binner ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted..

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.