Chemist/Material Scientist Industrial Placement

3M is seeking an Industrial Placement Chemist / Material Scientist for the Industrial business in Atherstone, Warwickshire. Ready to be part of what's next?

Key Benefits Include:

  • 25 days paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance Scheme 4 x salary
  • General Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Discount on 3M products
  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme

The Innovative Culture of 3M

3M is a global innovation company driven by a unique culture that celebrates creativity and shares opportunity. With thousands of products, people, and combinations of technologies, 3M innovation touches everyone around the world every day with one purpose in mind: to make progress possible.

Overall Mission

This area of 3M is responsible for developing and commercialising coated and liquid abrasive products for the AAD (Automotive Aftermarket) and ASD (Industrial Abrasives) businesses and markets. By creating innovative and cost-effective abrasive systems, this role will help deliver market leading, profitable products for 3M and its customers in the AAD and ASD market place.

Job Responsibilities

  • Providing technical support on several key abrasive projects and new technology developments.
  • Providing laboratory and product testing support to the abrasives teams.
  • Owning and driving key segments of key development projects including test method development and materials development.


  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Predicted a minimum 2:1 degree in a Chemistry or Material science major (Physics/ Chemical Engineering acceptable)
  • 300 UCAS points at A-Level (or equivalent qualification) including at least one STEM subject.
  • Some travel is involved (UK only) and therefore a driving licence is preferred, but not essential.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • IT literate
  • Good practical skills / technical knowledge
  • Previous experience within an industrial laboratory is desired either as long term or short term placements.

Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivated
  • Good team player
  • Thrives in a problem-solving environment
  • Pro-active

Training and Development

The successful candidate will join our Industrial division straight away and initially undergo a period of intense training in their role. They will deal with real responsibility from day one as this is the best way to quickly build a robust knowledge base. We operate in a highly collaborative environment so placement students can rely on plenty of support from colleagues to help them get started and this will continue throughout their time at 3M.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.

Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $32 billion in sales, 3M employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,200 people across 17 locations, including 10 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

Opportunity Overview

  • Closing date: Jan 31, 2017
  • Salary: £18,000
  • Minimum Degree: 2:1
  • Placement Duration: Year-long
  • Location: Atherstone (Warwickshire)
  • Region: East Midlands, West Midlands
  • Type: Work Placement / Internship

Other benefits...

  • Discount on 3M products
  • General Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Life Assurance Scheme 4 x salary
  • Contributory Stakeholder Pension Scheme
  • 25 days paid annual holiday, plus Bank Holidays.
  • Reduced subscriptions on various insurance schemes
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Materials/Minerals
  • Physics

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