Industrial Placement Student


We are seeking highly motivated Chemistry students to join our R&D team based in our Technology Centre in Billingham. As one of 3 placement students, you will join our research teams and be involved in one of our coveted research projects. These include heterogeneous catalysis, manufacturing science and zeolite synthesis.

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"We want graduates to come and work for us who have the same goals and the same ambitions." Kerry Beer, Graduate Talent Manager at Johnson Matthey.
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You will have the opportunity to be involved in the processes of catalyst development, from synthesis to characterisation to testing.

In these placements you will gain experience working in a world class R&D facility whilst receiving support for your own personal and professional development. Full training will be given to assist you in successfully undertaking your responsibilities. The team of scientists at our technology centre in Billingham are always open to teach you a new skill or offer their help and expertise.

In R&D no two days are alike, therefore a “typical day” will vary depending on the project. In general, it will involve the planning/designing of your experiments, performing the experiment, and analysing the results. You will be able to learn new characterisation techniques and/or use pieces of equipment you might be un-familiar with, broadening your knowledge of the chemical sciences.

There will be meetings centred around EHS and project work alongside world class training sessions. You will read scientific papers, write reports, and create presentations about your work and improve not only your experimental and technical knowledge but also your scientific presentation skills.

Our Technology Centre business provides research and technical support for the commercial operations of JM’s business units.  In addition, they offer a comprehensive array of advanced characterisation services; provide a company-wide information resource; and conduct fundamental research into new processes and technologies essential to the future growth and success of our company.


  • The Advert will run until 8th October, or until sufficient applications have been reached (early application is advised).
  • Interviews will be conducted on 23rd/24th October.
  • The placements will commence in Summer 2024 for a period of 12 months

Your responsibilities:

  • Carry out experiments and interpret results of work which you have been assigned
  • Prepare reports/summaries on experimental work undertaken, taking into account the project objectives
  • Communicate results to the project team and other stakeholders
  • Maintain excellent EHS standards at all times
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions for improvements to the project

Requirements for the role:

  • Currently studying a degree in Chemistry
  • Ability to effectively manage your own time
  • Strong attention to detail during experimental work
  • Positive and Passionate, a strong team player

How you will be rewarded:

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including bonus, excellent pension contributions and 25 days annual leave (varies for shift-based roles).

At JM, an inclusive culture is integral to our values and ambitions for the future. We are committed to ensuring that everyone can bring their full self to work and thrive in their career.  

Welcoming everyone to JM, regardless of their unique characteristics, experiences or thoughts allows us to bring many different voices and experiences together to tackle the world's biggest challenges. Being truly inclusive means that all colleagues feel valued for their differences, views and contributions, and feel a sense of belonging at JM.

Johnson Matthey is open for discussion on part time, job share and flexible working patterns

Closing date for applications: This job advertisement will close on 8th October, or when sufficient applications have been reached (early application is advised).

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  • Deadline
    October 8th, 2023
  • Starting
    July 2024
  • Hiring Multiple Candidates
  • Salary
    Competitive + benefits
  • Degree required
    All grades
  • Duration
    12 months
  • Location
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  • Chemistry
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