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Graduate R&D Scientist - Chemistry


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U-POL is a leading supplier of bodyfiller, coatings, aerosols, abrasives, polishes and consumables to the car repair market with a market reputation for high quality products and sales to over 100 countries.

U-POL is a member of the Axalta group of companies – Axalta is the world’s seventh largest paint company with revenue of $3.9bn in 2021.

We are currently looking for a new recruit to join our friendly and highly innovative product development team in our global technical center in Wellingborough, UK.

Job Purpose:

As an active member of the R&D team the successful candidate will formulate new products under the supervision of a senior scientist. They will typically be working on 1 – 2 projects with significant business impact and will complete all relevant laboratory work and testing related to these projects.

Principal Accountabilities:

  1. Formulation of paints and associated products in our company laboratories under the supervision of a senior scientist.
  2. Making suggestions on how to improve products based on observations in the laboratory.
  3. Testing formulation performance using standard test methods.
  4. Accurately recording and reporting data related to product performance and using this to describe product performance.
  5. Supporting user trials in the field, both in the UK and potentially internationally.
  6. Providing technical support to customers, both external and internal (eg. marketing and supply chain).
  7. Pro-actively manage their own development to increase their own skill set and competency.

Candidate specification:

  • Degree qualified in a relevant subject (chemistry or similar) or with comparable industrial experience
  • Numerate, analytical and IT literate.
  • Good team player with strong interpersonal skills.


The starting salary for this role is £25,000, plus benefits including a company bonus scheme.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: January 31st, 2023
  • Immediate Start
  • Starting Salary: £25,000 + benefits
  • All grades
  • Wellingborough (Northamptonshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Chemistry
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Materials Science

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