Engineering Design, Life Science & Biotechnology
Competitive + benefits
Lab Technologist (Materials Testing)
Abercorn Sinclair is delighted to support Biome Bioplastics in their search for a new Lab Technologist to join their development team based in Southampton.
Biome Bioplastics, one of the UK's leading developers of intelligent, natural plastics, is on a mission to challenge the dominance of oil-based polymers and ultimately replace them entirely. With over 20 years of development activity, they have successfully created a range of high-performance, plant-based bioplastics that are both biodegradable and compostable. Their biopolymers are suitable for a wide range of applications, from short-life and disposable products to long-life, durable applications.
As a Lab Technologist, you will report to the Technical Project Manager and play a pivotal role in materials testing for customer-focused projects involving the development of new polymers and materials. Additionally, you will work closely with the manufacturing facilities, providing support in quality assurance/audit and continuous product and production improvement. Your main responsibilities will include performing various tests, analysing results, generating comprehensive test reports, and drawing meaningful conclusions to guide appropriate actions.
- Conducting a variety of polymer tests, including MFI, Mechanical testing, DSC, HDT/Vicat
- Analysing and reporting data internally and externally
- Writing reports for internal and external customers
- Managing day-to-day laboratory operations and workflow
- Overseeing the quality complaint system
- Responsible for managing customer, supplier and partner quality audits
Skills and Experience:
- Extensive experience in material testing, preferably within the polymer industry
- Demonstrable skills in data analysis and report writing
- Formal qualification and experience in polymer chemistry or polymer processing preferred but not essential
- Previous experience in quality audit management would be desirable
- Project management experience is beneficial but not essential
The ideal candidate will hold a degree in a relevant technical discipline such as polymer chemistry or materials science, coupled with several years of industry experience. We are seeking innovative and dynamic individuals who possess natural problem-solving abilities, excel in teamwork, and are motivated to learn new skills and techniques. Attention to detail is a pre-requisite for this test and quality-focused role, as is the ability to manage your own time and workload effectively to meet project deliverables.
This is an amazing opportunity to join an exciting, forward-thinking company at the forefront of the biopolymers industry. You will play a critical role in developing new, sustainable products that reduce our reliance on traditional petroleum-derived plastics.
In return, you can expect a competitive salary, contributory pension 6%/3% and 25 days + bank holidays, working week is based on 38 hours.
For a confidential discussion, please contact our retained partner, Keith Tocher at Abercorn Sinclair.
About Abercorn Sinclair:
Abercorn Sinclair is a specialist technical recruitment consultancy based in Edinburgh. We specialise in providing permanent, interim, and contract solutions across the science and technology sectors.