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This is a challenging but exciting research opportunity to lead on all things polymer science. This will be our first Polymer Scientist we are hiring and is an opportunity to make an immediate impact to our manufacturing process.

The role:

  • You will be based in our state of art facilities in Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • The Waveguide Development team are responsible for improving and optimising our fabrication process, you will advise on all aspects of polymer materials which is used within our fabrication process and also support other teams with your knowledge of Polymers
  • You will act as the primary point of contact for all polymer related questions and will be able to investigate these both practically with lab work in house, analysing data and also collaborating with external partners
  • You will be tasked with commissioning of new polymer materials, advice on the selection and also leading material compatibility trials & support of material ageing/durability tests
  • Assist in troubleshooting defects and root cause analysis of our polymer materials
  • Help develop new processes/improve existing processes involving polymers which will involve new materials and new methods for applying polymers

Required:

  • PhD in Chemistry of Polymer Material or you have significant practical experience within industry
  • Direct experience of polymer resin development (e.g. designing mixtures of monomer(s), photo-initiator(s), solvents
  • Practical knowledge of polymer analysis technics and nano-characterization techniques:
    • E.g. FTIR, micro-FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, TERS, TGA (Thermogravimetric Analysis), GCMS (Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry), LCMS (Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry), other techniques allowing to determine exact polymer composition
    • SEM, EDX, EELS, AFM, AFM-based chemical analysis methods such as conductive-AFM and PiFM, mass spectroscopy, etc
  • Direct experience of applying polymers to surfaces – e.g. spin-coating on substrates, dip coating, inkjet dispense, CVD, etc
  • Working knowledge of various types of polymer materials, including polymers with dispersed nanoparticles, sol-gels, metal-organic framework
  • Ability to apply your knowledge of Polymer Materials to our AR displays
  • Can demonstrate strong experimental and research skills

Desirable:

  • Experience of micro- or nano-scale replication methods using polymers (e.g. nanoimprint lithography), ideally both modelling & fabrication
  • Experience of developing new methods for the application of polymers onto surfaces, ideally for optical devices
  • Experience of developing and modifying nano-composites of polymers with dispersed nanoparticles, including detailed knowledge of the chemistry required (e.g. surface modification of nanoparticles to prevent clumping)

 

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