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Associate Process Chemist

Manchester, UK

Full Time

About the Role

Parallel Carbon is searching for an enthusiastic and experienced Process Chemist motivated to reverse climate change and help us scale our technology. You will aid the development and optimisation of our chemical processes, preparing for scale-up efforts. The ideal candidate will have expertise in reaction engineering, analytical chemistry, chemical process design and safety, and environmental compliance. You will play a crucial role in accelerating technology development and Parallel Carbon’s positive climate impact. The position is in Manchester, UK.

Key Responsibilities

  • Apply expertise in chemical reaction engineering to enhance the efficiency and productivity of all chemical processes

  • Conduct experiments to validate reaction chemistry, process design and assess the performance upon integration with other processes

  • Design and oversee the construction, installation, and operation of equipment, including continuous stirred tank reactors and continuous flow reactors, pumps, and control systems at a laboratory and pilot plant scale

  • Performing multiphase reactions, such as reactions between gases with solids and solids with liquids

  • Conducting analytical chemistry techniques including titrations, particle size measurements, and thermal analysis

  • Developing and validating analytical methods

  • Identifying and designing laboratory and pilot equipment required for safe process operations

  • Transferring laboratory processes through pilot stages and into production

  • Liaising with engineers to identify suitable manufacturing equipment for processes

  • Optimising manufacturing processes using statistical analytical techniques such as Design of Experiments and Six Sigma

  • Perform data analysis and interpretation to identify trends, patterns, and deviations in process parameters, and implement corrective actions as necessary

  • Prepare technical reports, white papers, and presentations to communicate results and progress to the team and stakeholders

  • Develop and maintain process documentation, including standard operating procedures (SOPs), technical specifications, and engineering drawings

  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary team, including material scientists, electrochemists, and other engineers to troubleshoot and develop innovative solutions

  • Implement and adhere to stringent safety and environmental regulations to ensure the responsible and sustainable development of our technology

  • Maintain the highest standards of safety through effective process design and proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials to prevent potential harm to employees and the environment

  • Bring a passion to fight climate change, and develop a company culture of inclusive innovation valuing sustainable work

Requirements

According to studies, skilled people from marginalised backgrounds may pass on opportunities if they don't tick all the boxes for a job. If you feel that you have what it takes, but aren’t perfectly qualified, please go ahead and apply!

  • Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Chemist or Chemical Engineer in an industrial research setting, developing and optimising reactions with a focus on process scale-up

  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a pilot plant, manufacturing environment, or other industrial setting, with a strong understanding of chemical process design and unit operations

  • Knowledge and experience in analytical chemistry

  • Knowledge of chemical reaction engineering, thermodynamics including dissolution and precipitation, fluid mechanics, mass transfer, and process control

  • Strong ability to analyse and solve complex technical problems related to process design, root cause analysis, and optimization

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to present ideas, design specifications, and progress updates

If you are passionate about fighting climate change, scaling up chemical processes, and have a strong track record of delivering results, we encourage you to apply. 

** The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.

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