Chief Scientific Officer

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C4C office and laboratory (Nottingham)
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Full-time / Permanent

Job Title: Chief Scientific Officer

Location: Nottingham, Office based

Remuneration: £100,000 to £140,000 (dependent on experience, track record and capability). Share options up to 1.5%

Start date and end date (approx): This is a permanent position and is available for immediate start. (Flexible on start date based on notice period)

About us:

Concrete4Change (C4C) is a R&D company that is developing a ground-breaking technology to utilise and permanently mineralise CO2 in concrete. To date, C4C raised £4.5 million from private and public investors. The company is partly owned by two of the largest concrete manufacturers in the world, Siam Cement Group ($17 billion turnover) and Goldbeck GmbH (€7 billion turnover).

C4C technology won a wide range of awards including:

The most innovative Net-Zero project from UN COP26 Climate Challenge Cup

SDG award from the European Technology Chamber

Top 10 startups from Royal Academy of Engineer (£20k)

Santander X Prize – Global Countdown to Net-Zero (worldwide)

Top 50 start-up award from PWC

Startups 100 2023 Award Winner

Hard Tech Investment of the Year from UK Business Angel Association

Job description:

Please consider this position is designed for an entrepreneurial profile, with knowledge and experience of scaling deeptech startups

As the CSO, you have an entrepreneurial mindset and the responsibility for developing and implementing all aspects of the technology that drives this business forward. You will work with the executive team to identify opportunities for innovation, analyse market trends, and ensure that their technology is aligned with the core business objectives. You will be responsible for leading a team of chemists and engineers to deliver high-quality solutions that meet the needs of our portfolio.

Person’s specifications


  • PhD in STEM.
  • More than 7 years of experience in one (or more) of the following fields: material science, physics, mineralogy, construction, concrete technology, concrete chemistry, civil engineering, CO2 capture and utilisation or recycling technologies.
  • Experience in the characterisation, synthesis and modification of functional materials.
  • More than 7 years of proven experience in managing and leading multidisciplinary R&D teams, including hiring, coaching, and performance management.
  • Excellent project management skills, with a track record of successfully delivering R&D projects on time and within budget.
  • Extensive experience leading independent research, ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional environment and build effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Significant experience in problem-solving and troubleshooting. Be able to identify issues, propose innovative solutions, and adapt experimental protocols to overcome challenges.


  • Experience and deep understanding of characterisation methodology development of complex systems of organic and inorganic materials including polymers, and solid adsorbents
  • R&D experience in fields of adsorption, adsorbent design, separation technologies, catalyst, materials surface functionalisation, carbon capture, surface chemistry or polymer.
  • Understanding of laboratory setup, HSE requirements, experience in equipment specification development and procurement
  • Knowledge of funding mechanisms, grant applications, and collaboration opportunities within the R&D sector.
  • Familiarity with intellectual property management, patent filings, and licensing agreements.
  • Experience of working in deep tech start-ups is highly desirable
  • C-suite or founder experience at a VC backed startup is highly desirable


C4C is seeking people who want to do applied science, with an entrepreneurial spirit and use their skills to build a sustainable world.

  • A unique opportunity to work with top researchers across the world
  • An exciting opportunity to work with construction and develop technologies for multi-billion pound cement and concrete companies
  • Private health insurance,
  • Government-backed pension scheme
  • A competitive bonus upon achieving milestones
  • Regular team meals and social events

Next Steps:

To apply please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to

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