Graduate Scientist

Sector: Science for the renewable energy / energy storage sector
Location: Chesterford Research Park, Cambridge, Saffron Walden, CB10
Salary: Negotiable – will be very much dependant on ability and experience

Superdielectrics Limited set out in 2013 to develop biocompatible, electrically conducting hydrophilic polymers which had the potential to be used in Bioelectronics. During their research and development programme, they noted that their materials exhibited very unusual electrical properties.  Following independent research by the Bristol University Electrochemistry group, it was found that when tested in devices with simple carbon electrodes, the devices were characterised by geometrical capacitances three or four orders of magnitude larger than the geometrical capacitances of carbon electrodes in conventional electrolyte solutions. It was determined that these outstanding electrochemical properties could be exploited in the development of high energy density supercapacitors.

Their goal now is to develop high energy density, low cost, low environmental impact electrical energy storage devices that will help create a clean and sustainable global energy and transportation system.

As part of their continued development, they now have an opportunity for someone to join their team in the position of:

Graduate Scientist

This exciting position will see you working at the cutting edge of technology. The role will support their the team in achievement of key objectives as follows:

  • Support, or contribute to a range of research and development projects
  • Supporting the lead on each of these projects
  • Take ownership of short-term sub-projects as defined by project lead
  • Support the development of current technology for usage in commercial applications and products
  • Identify the resources are adequate for delivery of the strategic objectives and plans above
  • Manage the resources for which the Graduate Scientist is responsible for ensuring these are available for colleagues
  • Work on the optimisation of the electrode structures
  • Work on the optimisation of polymer formulations
  • Work on other key elements of the supercapacitor development, where required
  • Reliably and concisely carry out experimental matrix set by Senior Scientists
  • Electrochemical measurements and analysis of the resulting data
  • Present findings to technical and non-technical audiences within the company
  • Large batch supercapacitor production and qualification
  • Assist with ensuring the resources are adequate for delivery of the strategic objectives and plans above
  • Owning and ensuring the safe, efficient use of various processes and equipment (inc. maintenance)
  • Contributing to and supporting the CRP HSE culture


About You:

  • Teamwork experience and skills
  • Degree essential
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Good communication skills
  • Have a high regard for health and safety and for appropriate housekeeping
  • Any interest in renewable energy or energy storage is beneficial as this will ultimately be where the application of the science will be used
  • Not happy to accept the status quo, always wanting to push the boundaries of what is deemed possible


Candidates must have the right to live and work in the UK. We are not able to offer sponsorship for this vacancy.


What is on offer:

  • Basic salary (negotiable according to ability and experience)
  • Holidays 25 days plus statutory holidays
  • Salary exchange pension scheme with 5% employer contribution
  • The Company intends to set up an ‘in service’ share option scheme subject to HMRC approval
  • Group life assurance policy – 4 x salary
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Perkbox
  • Specsavers eyecare vouchers
  • The chance to be part of something truly special

To discuss this role in more detail, please contact our recruitment partner Chris Carter at Nicholas Associates Group in Sheffield.

0114 384 0100