Materials Scientist (Wetsuit Recycling) (KTP Associate)

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The College and Finisterre are looking to recruit a Materials Scientist to support the work of Prof Oana Ghita and Finisterre, specifically focussing on the recycling of wetsuits. This is a full-time fixed term 2 year Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the ultimate goal being to be able ‘to make wetsuits from wetsuits’. It will involve a brand new way of looking at the manufacture of wetsuits and will contribute to a closed loop process, thereby addressing the currently huge environmental issue of what to do with wetsuits at their end of their functional life.

Working within the Finisterre team and supported/mentored by leading materials Professor Oana Ghita, the aim is to develop a fully recycled and recyclable wetsuit, investigating options for materials, manufacturing and recycling processes, carrying out in-depth materials and industry analysis, developing new testing techniques and investigating remanufacturing and circular economy concepts. The post is based in St. Agnes, Cornwall with Finisterre.

This exciting role will shape the future of wetsuit design and the successful applicant will need to be passionate and committed with a willingness to challenge the status quo. The position will give you the chance to develop a wide skill base covering design, manufacturing, product development and its commercial application. It is an exciting opportunity bridging the gap between research and business at the frontline of materials research within the surfing industry, working in a brand that is known for its innovative approach to product design. 

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information orally, in writing and electronically, as well as prepare proposals and present findings to both the University and to the business.

Applicants will possess a relevant degree and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Paul McCutchion, Commercial Manager, email

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to Please quote reference number P58136 in any correspondence.

The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter’s STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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