Environmental Scientist / Technologist (KTP Associate)

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
Up to £40,000 per annum
25 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
11 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences in partnership with Restructa Ltd.

Campus: Restructa Ltd, Irvine, (Company Based)
Job Title: Environmental Scientist / Technologist (KTP Associate)    
Req No:        REQ001070
Salary Scale:  Up to £40,000 per annum
Full-time:     35 hours per week 
Fixed Term: 24 months

An exciting opportunity for an Environmental Scientist / Technologist has become available to work full time on a 24 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).  This strategic project is to aid Restructa Ltd identify plastics containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), as found in Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), improving processing practice and ensuring compliance with emerging legislative changes. You will liaise with senior company management and will be fully supported by a team of academics at UWS.  As project lead you will gain experience and develop new commercially valuable skills and deliver real business impact.

Restructa is currently in the top three in Scotland for recycling televisions, especially older units with Cathode-ray Tubes (CRT). Restructa, recycle 500 CRTs and 1000 Liquid-Crystal displays (LCDs) per day. Despite being legacy technology, CRT numbers have remained buoyant in recent years. Going forward, LCD feedstock will increase as technology evolves and the time taken to replace displays reduces given customer buying is increasingly fashion driven. However, changes in legislation, in particular POPs is having a major impact on the company. Find out more by visiting:

This is a challenging project and if appropriate the successful candidate will get the opportunity to register free of charge for a Higher Degree (MPhil/Ph.D.) supervised by internationally recognised academic staff. They will receive training from the Chartered Management Institute (level 5), work with senior company management to realise benefits to the business and apply their personal skills and knowledge and lead their own project in a business environment. A £4,000 personal development budget is available to support the successful candidate.

About KTP:
This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK.  It’s essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position.  Please visit: or contact Stuart McKay (

The successful candidate must possess:
A relevant background in a science / engineering subject and a minimum of a MSc or higher in waste or a process industry related subject.  Knowledge of the principles of chemical analysis.

Application requirements:

  • Knowledge and/or experience is required in some of the following:
  • Experience in the process industry, treatment plants and understanding of research and development challenges. 
  • Knowledge of the waste management sector in UK and internationally and regulatory requirements

Essential skills we require as a minimum:

  • Numerical – understanding of experimental design and application, process properties and data significance, ability to understand and process data; apply process models and interpretation.
  • Management of samples, ensuring integrity of chemical analysis
  • The practical implications of waste treatment and regulations
  • Well-developed project management and research organisational skills. 
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of attention to detail and accuracy and to plan under own initiative and to work to tight deadlines. 

If you have questions about this vacancy contact:  Mr Jan Miller or Professor Andrew Hursthouse 

Further information, including details of how to apply is available at

Closing date:  Monday 11th January 2021 
Interviews to be held:  Tuesday 2nd February 2021

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

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