Graduate Scientist - Materials

Sector: Science for the renewable energy / energy storage sector
Location: Chesterford Research Park, Cambridge, Saffron Walden, CB10
Salary: Negotiable but likely to be in the £25,000-£30,000 bracket and 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 – Materials

This exciting position will see you working at the cutting edge of technology. The position is part of a wider team within a dynamic and creative research and development environment, with the goal of creating high energy density supercapacitors. The role will focus on electrode development, baselining understanding of the electrode, investigating different materials and integration of the structure into the final supercapacitor system.

Key responsibilities

  • Work on the optimisation of the electrode structures
  • 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

We are happy to consider:

People who have a BSc / MSc degree in Chemistry or Materials Science

About You:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 degree level qualification (BSc / MSc) in Chemistry, Materials Science, or related field – this is essential.
  • 0 – 2 years’ experience of research and development within an industrial setting is preferred (though not required)
  • Demonstrable experience of carrying out an experimental matrix, analysis of the data and presenting conclusions
  • Able to keep accurate records and to compile reports for technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Team player with excellent communication skills
  • Have a high regard for health and safety and for appropriate housekeeping
  • Experience in working with energy storage devices or electrochemical testing is desirable (full training will be provided if not)
  • Strong interest in renewable energy, green chemistry, or energy storage applications
  • Excitement in the prospect of working within a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Flexible and adaptable


What is on offer:

  • Basic salary from £25,000-£30,000 (negotiable according to ability and experience)
  • Holidays 25 days plus statutory holidays
  • Group life assurance policy – 4 x salary
  • Pension Plan with 5 % employer contributions
  • Perkbox
  • Bike2Work salary sacrifice scheme
  • Specsavers eyecare vouchers
  • The Company intends to set up an ‘in service’ share option scheme subject to HMRC approval.
  • 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