Research and Development Chemist

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Concrete4Change Lab (Nottingham Region)
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Permanent Position

About us: 

Concrete4Change (C4C) is a R&D company that is developing a ground-breaking technology to utilise and permanently mineralise CO2 in concrete.

C4C technology won a wide range of awards including the United Nations (UN) most innovative Net-Zero technology Climate Challenge Cup at COP26 in Glasgow, Royal Academy of Engineering and UN SDG. C4C is partly owned by two of the largest concrete manufacturers in the World (Siam Cement Group and Goldbeck GmBH). C4C is running several projects in partnership with the University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield & University of Warwick (total project value of £4M for 2023-2024).


This position has a significant progress opportunity in a fast-growing team. You will be part of the core management team in order to deliver the C4C milestones and directly contribute to C4C’s growth.

Please see the specification of the roles & responsibilities below: 


  • Experience working with CO2 capture, recycling, reduction technologies/systems.
  • Experience in the synthesis and modification and full characterisation of functional materials.
  • Extensive post PhD experience leading independent research, ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions
  • Understanding of laboratory setup, HSE requirements, experience in equipment specification development and procurement
  • Demonstratable 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.
  • Must have experience working in the UK or Europe (Ideally Germany, France, Spain or the Netherlands)


  • PI or co-PI on academic research projects or equivalent industrial experience.
  • Experience in developing proposal/bid writing.
  • Experience in computational chemistry, analysis and simulation of synthetic materials
  • 10+ years experience in material/surface/formulation chemistry
  • Experience in carbon capture utilisation and storage
  • Experience in patent writing and grant proposal development
  • Experience in the mineralisation of CO2 for various applications.
  • Understanding concrete and cement chemistry
  • Fluent in English and ideally one other European language (Priority, German, French or Spanish).

Roles & Responsibilities: 

  • Independent self-starter who can develop new technology areas that leverage existing capabilities and expertise, including CO2 adsorption.
  • Contribute to the C4C IPR for CO2 adsorption technologies.
  • Contribute to the funded grant project proposals – e.g. Innovate UK, European Innovation Council, UKRI, Horizon Europe.
  • Planned, procure and manage the chemical laboratory in line with regulations.


C4C is seeking people who want to do applied science, with an entrepreneurial spirit and use their skills to build a sustainable world. We offer typical employee benefits plus a share of what we will build together. 

  • A unique opportunity to work with leading UK Universities  
  • An exciting opportunity to work with multi-billion concrete companies
  • A competitive flexible annual holiday entitlement.
  • A competitive bonus upon achieving milestones
  • Unrivalled career progression for both academic and industrial pathways
  • An interesting company social calendar
  • Casual dress code
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Free Parking
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay
  • UK visa sponsorship is available for the right candidate


Competitive Salary 

  • Basic Salary + Car Allowance - £42,000 - £64,000
  • Share options: £5,000 - £30,000
  • Bonus upon achieving KPIs: £2,000 - £8,000

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. 

Hours: Flexible working hours (full time)

Location: Concrete4Change Lab (Nottingham Region) - Full-time working in office is required. Ability to commute to Nottingham is required.

Next Steps: 

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Cover letter to with the job title in the subject line.

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