V.I.E. R&D Chemical Engineer Job


Wetherby, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Employment Type:  VIE
Category:  Research and Development
Posting Date:  May 11, 2024

Mission Details

We recruit a highly motivated R&D Chemical Engineer to join our team near Leeds under V.I.E. contract and contribute to the development of cutting-edge products in the field of polymeric photoinitiators and cationic resin technology. The successful candidate will be responsible for various operations such as:


• Spearheading the development of new products within our R&D program.

• Setting and adhering to project timelines, ensuring timely delivery of results.

• Facilitating the scale-up and transfer of processes from R&D to manufacturing, both internally and externally.

• Innovating and optimizing synthetic chemistry procedures and manufacturing processes.

• Conducting routine analytical tests to assess product quality and performance.

• Providing essential support for both internal and external manufacturing operations.

• Collaborating with various functions locally and across regions as necessary.

• Ensuring workplace safety by adhering to established COSHH and risk assessments, and developing new assessments when needed.

• Adhering to quality and safety procedures, as well as SOPs, to maintain high standards in all operations.

Required Profile

Master's or engineer degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or related field.

The position is proposed under a V.I.E. contract with compulsory criteria regarding eligibility from Business France: you must be an European citizen, postgraduate younger than 29 yo.



Preferably at least 6 months of organic synthesis experience.

Experienced in chemical industry R&D, leading projects to manufacturing scale-up.

Proficient in synthetic chemistry and analytical techniques.


Technical Skills:

- Skilled in optimizing synthetic routes and manufacturing processes.

- Capable of conducting and analyzing analytical tests.

- Knowledgeable in safety protocols and risk assessments.



- Strong troubleshooting abilities for technical challenges.

- Quick adaptation to new technologies for efficiency.



- Effective collaboration with diverse teams and stakeholders.

- Attention to detail in experimental design and documentation.


- Proactive approach to proposing new concepts.

- Committed to advancing materials science, particularly in photoinitiators and cationic resin development.


If this description fits you, we invite you to join our team, where your skills will be appreciated, nurtured, and where you can actively contribute to engaging projects. The position is proposed under a V.I.E. contract with compulsory criteria regarding eligibility from Business France: you must be an European citizen, postgraduate younger than 29 yo.

Who we are? Arkema is a world leader in Innovative Materials for a Sustainable World with the ambition to become a pure Specialty Materials player.

We thrive as One Arkema, comprised of many businesses and brands including Bostik, ArrMaz, and more! and operating with a global reach in 55 countries with more than 21,100 employees. Each one contributes to positioning Arkema as a recognized leader of specialty chemicals and advanced materials, reporting annual sales of €9.5 billion, of which 2.9% allocated to R&D for 1,800 researchers in 17 R&D centers.

If you pursue excellence, love innovation and are inspired by challenges, we encourage you through www.arkema.com to learn more about our values – Solidarity, Performance, Simplicity, Empowerment, and Inclusion – and how we concentrate on advances in bio-based and recyclable materials, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Changing the world requires the right formula. The right formula consists of our innovative and sustainable materials, and you. Join us to develop the materials of tomorrow and make a difference together. What are you made of?

The legal information below pertains specifically to positions posted in the United States, however we strive for diversity, equity and inclusion in all the countries that we hire.
Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring.

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