Research Scientist in Nanoparticle Formulation and Animal Micro Nutrition

Nottingham Trent University - College of Science and Technology, School of Science & Technology

Location : Off campus

Additional information: Fixed term for 36 months

Location: The role will be principally based at the Agrimin site in North Lincolnshire, but will also spend periods of time at Nottingham Trent University as required.

A Research Scientist in high throughput nanoparticle chemical synthesis and formulation for animal micro nutrition applications is sought to join the Department of Chemistry to work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project in partnership with Agrimin Ltd. 

KTP is a three-way project between a graduate, a business and a university. Graduates (also known as KTP Associates) are recruited to manage strategic projects within a business, whilst being supported by a dedicated academic supervisor. Founded in 1975, KTP is one of Europe’s largest graduate recruitment programmes (see www.ktponline.org.uk).

Agrimin are world leaders in bolus technology, animal health and micro-nutrition and has over 35 years’ experience in developing, manufacturing and marketing sustained release mineral, trace element and vitamin bolus technologies. They have gained a reputation for technically advanced products , designed to suit the needs of farmers and their livestock in over 30 countries around the globe.

The aim of this project is to develop the product range by using trace mineral nanoparticles in the bolus to improve mineral bioavailability and to act as a carrier for other compounds that can improve animal performance, health and reduce the environmental impact of dairying. 

The KTP Associate’s objectives are: To fabricate and characterise nanoparticles of copper and zinc oxide and selenium and coat these with essential oils for inclusion in a bolus. Secondly, develop and plan a cost effective new commercial production process for the novel coated nanoparticle materials on a multi tonne scale, identifying critical process steps, material characteristics, yields and stability.

The KTP Associate will work closely with formulation scientists and engineers at Agrimin and with the academic supervisor.

To be considered for the role you will be educated to a minimum of Master’s level in Chemical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Engineering or a related discipline. You will have a good understanding of how to synthesis and characterise nanoparticles e.g. continuous flow reaction synthesis with hands-on experience of electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, DLS and ICP analysis. A knowledge of 3-D printing and CAD will be advantageous. You will be capable of conducting careful experiments and interpreting the results correctly.

You will be able to compile and manage very large sets of experimental data. Your experience should demonstrate that you are capable of working independently on a technically challenging project and delivering results. You should be excellent at planning and managing your work. You will be capable of forming good working relationships with colleagues and communicating the results of your work clearly in technical presentations and reports.

Closing date: 21 December 2016

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Gareth Cave, Principal Lecturer, Gareth.Cave@ntu.ac.uk or Tel 0115 848 3242

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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