Analytical Material Scientist- Sustainable Packaging

Merseyside, Port Sunlight
£25919 - £34761 per annum
Closing date
26 Aug 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Analytical Material Scientist- Sustainable Packaging to join our client, a leading global FMCG company with Brands such as Dove, Knorr, Persil & Magnum, based at their prestigious facility in Port Sunlight. This is a full-time temporary role to start ASAP for 12 months working a 37.5-hour week. This role is paying between £25,919 to £34,761 annum, pro rata, depending on experience.

You might have heard that we have been working hard for a long time to close the loop on plastics and make our Packaging more sustainable by halving our virgin plastic footprint, making all our packaging 100% recyclable, and accelerating our use of recycled material. We are taking the next big step by ensuring our packaging moves towards a 100% circular waste-free and carbon-neutral model. As we believe Science and Innovation are the biggest drivers, we are using them to reinvent our packaging to make this a reality.

We are not talking about planting trees to offset what we do. We're talking about BIG changes from the ground up, and that means we need BIG thinkers. We are looking for material scientists with an innovative mind, who are passionate about developing new packaging technologies that can create a Cleaner Future.

We believe the best way to achieve our Packaging ambition for the Future is via scientific breakthroughs that will completely revolutionize our packaging. We are so committed that we have recently built a new world-class packaging science and technology team focused on materials understanding and long-term solutions that will revolutionize packaging.

We are a high-performance team based on a diverse and inclusive culture with inspirational material scientists with courage, curiosity, and passion for delivery and sustainability.

Our Science and Technology Packaging Program aims to create a packaging portfolio that is waste-free, carbon and water neutral, and infinitely recyclable through a world class packaging materials capability with strong partnerships and ecosystems. To deliver our ambition we are provided the freedom to become scientific entrepreneurs, to enable and accelerate the creation of novel packaging solutions that deliver new experiences for our consumers whilst having a more positive impact on the planet.


  • Support the work program with the fabrication and characterisation of materials for packaging.
  • Provide full materials characterisation and understanding, devising mechanistic studies to relate polymeric packaging materials' properties to performance, developing new validation assays when required.
  • Support the work program using existing or newly developed analytical methods applied to packaging material science understanding using a wide array of capabilities.
  • Some of the techniques used will include FT-IR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), DMA, TGA, small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), density measurements, tensile testing, rheology testing, barrier testing, and different imaging techniques.
  • Work closely with the analytical team at the Materials Innovation Factory and data scientists to drive predictive modelling, accelerating packaging materials' development.
  • Work to defined project plans and experimental design; contribute to the generation of hypotheses and recommendations to the project leaders to help progress the program and support IP and claim generation.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners on projects, and communicate project progress coherently via conversations, reports and presentations.

Skills & Experience

We are looking for someone that shares our passion for innovation, applied material science and sustainability, and the drive to take our packaging portfolio to the next level. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary project team ethos where everybody contributes to achieving the same goal.


  • You will have experience in the application of technical expertise in polymeric or composite materials characterization and development of insights.
  • Must be creative, highly passionate, high energy, willing to think big and inspire others.
  • Must be flexible, agile, challenge the status quo, embrace transformational change and eager to work in multi-disciplinary teams and projects with good teamworking and networking skills.
  • Committed to continually develop your scientific, and competency skills.
  • You are a strong communicator, who is able to collaborate well on projects, and communicate results and progress in a compelling and coherent manner.

Technical Qualifications and Experience

  • A higher-education qualification in Material/Polymer Sciences/Chemistry or a closely related discipline with relevant expertise in applied material science.
  • Ideally experience in materials characterisation.
  • Experience of working in industrial innovation projects is desirable but not essential.
  • Proactive problem solver with strong analytical skills and an ability to manipulate, process, visualise and interpret data to pull out key insights.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary projects and teams. Work effectively with Industrial partners and academic institutions.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (written and verbal English) with an ability to bring technologies and innovations to life in a clear and engaging way.
  • Excellent organisational skills.


A job at Unilever is a career made by you, with development opportunities, benefits and a working culture that embraces diversity. So whether you’re looking for an internship, apprenticeship, graduate opportunities, or a job opening to progress your professional career, at Unilever you can shape your own path as you work with the brands and people that drive our sustainable business growth.

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Manpower UK Ltd
C/O Unilever HPC
Port Sunlight
CH62 4ZD

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