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Industrial Chemist

Manchester, UK

Full Time

About the Role

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

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the research, design and optimisation of chemical processes to support the development of our carbon capture technology

  • Prepare and refine chemical processes for large-scale production ensuring their seamless integration during scale-up efforts

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

  • Conduct process simulations and modelling to evaluate the performance and feasibility of various chemical reactions and processes, identifying areas for improvement

  • 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 reactors, pumps, and control systems at a laboratory and pilot plant scale

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

  • 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

  • Identify opportunities for innovation and process improvements, including from interviews and literature reviews, to continuously improve Parallel Carbon’s technology

  • 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


  • 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, unit operations, and equipment 

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

  • Knowledge of process simulation software (e.g., Aspen Plus, CHEMCAD, OLI Flowsheet) and familiarity with other tools such as MATLAB, Python, or similar platforms

  • Ability to develop safe and economical process for multiphase material handling and separation

  • 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

  • Experience managing solo and team projects, setting project goals, and ensuring project timelines and budgets are met

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

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