Biocatalysis Researcher

Johnson Matthey
18 Jul 2019
20 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy: Biocatalysis Researcher

Location: Cambridge

Job Family_ R&D.

Johnson Matthey, a FTSE 100 company, is a global leader in sustainable technologies specialising in catalysis, precious metal products, chemicals and process technology. With operations in over 30 countries, we employ more than 13,000 people. Johnson Matthey uses science to make the world cleaner and healthier. Over the past two centuries we have built our reputation and place as a global leader through quality, integrity, and innovation. Today, more than 93% of the group's sales come from products and services which provide sustainability benefits through the positive impact they have on the environment, resource efficiency and human health, but that's not enough. We have ambitious plans for growth and need talented individuals to help shape and lead us into our next century.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a BioCatalysis Researcher to join out Life Science Technologies (LST) department based in our state-of-the-art laboratories in Cambridge. This role is responsible for conducting research on the application of biocatalysis aiming at implementing biocatalysts in the synthesis of APIs and other fine chemicals.

Key responsibilities

Demonstrating awareness of EHS through actively promoting the JM safety culture
Testing and evaluating enzymes, integrating them in biocatalytic processes, and applying the standard techniques of synthetic organic chemistry
Providing support to projects for customers, internal R&D biocatalytic projects and biocatalysis development and production
Conducting work requiring independent judgement in the evaluation, selection, adaptation and modification of standard techniques, processes and criteria relating to the development and application of biocatalysis
Devising new approaches to problems encountered, working within conventional practices, but incorporating complex features, with guidance from the Team Leader
Applying and optimising analytical methods using HPLC, GC, LCMS, GCMS and NMR, seeking help from the analytical team where appropriate
Writing detailed technical reports to be submitted to Team Leader for approval
Presenting results to internal and external customers, with supervision from the Team Leader
To carry out any other duties which are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed

Are you the ideal candidate?

You will_

PhD in Chemistry or Biochemistry or degree level qualification with equivalent experience
Experience in catalysis
Proficient in using chromatographic equipment such as HPLC/UPLC/GC
High attention-to-detail and work standards with the ability to proactively and independently manage the workload
Results driven with strong problem-solving capabilities
Effective communication skills with the ability to present work in meetings
Proficient in the use of IT programmes such as Microsoft office applications and Chemdraw

How to apply_

Internal applicants should advise their line manager before applying. If you have the necessary skills and experience to join our team, please complete an online application. For more information please contact

Closing date for applications_ 21 July 2019

Johnson Matthey Plc is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

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