KTP Associate: Coatings Materials Scientist
The role is to lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project: a collaboration between Durham University and AGMA Ltd. (based in Haltwhistle, Northumberland). The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses to innovate and grow through the aid of discipline specific academic expertise. It does this by linking them with an academic supervisory team and a graduate in a university to work on a specific project.
Working as part of an agile team, you will be responsible for testing and developing a range of anti-corrosion coating materials, which are used to protect oil country tubular goods. There will be exciting challenges in identifying new market opportunities for existing products and innovative solutions to adapt and improve formulations.
Some prior research experience, e.g. from an integrated masters (M.Chem, M.Phys) or MSc (research) would be a significant advantage, but a candidate with a BSc, + some industrial research experience would be well suited also. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to register at Durham University for a further degree, as part of the training and development package.
You should be comfortable with hands-on experimental research. You will need to be able to carry out numerical calculations, and present results in a clear, logical manner. You should also be able to present technical information effectively do different audiences (boardroom/factory floor). It will be necessary to prepare brief, regular reports to update progress, so good written communication skills are essential.
The KTP Associate will be employed by Durham University but will be based in AGMA, Haltwhistle, and will be expected to spend time in Durham to undertake the partnership’s objectives, including some experimental techniques that are only available in Durham. Although public transport links do exist, it would be beneficial to be able to drive between locations.