Graduate Research Assistant

Royal Society of Chemistry Published: 06/05/2017
Job Type
up to £15,000
Degree Grade


Salary: £4,000 for 3 months internship  
Holidays: 6 days + Bank holidays  
Working Hours:  9.00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday 
Interview dates:  Week commencing 24th July 2017  
Start date:  2nd August 2017 
Degree / relevant disciplines:  BSc MChem /chemistry  
The Company will also consider candidates returning to work after a career break 
Closing Date: 6th July 2017  


CAMETICS Ltd is a start-up company founded in 2014 that is focused on utilization of unique properties of nanostructured graphitic materials and metals or metal alloys and design/fabrication of metal - composite/hybrid products, mainly but not exclusively, for electrical and thermal applications.


CAMETICS Ltd offers a set of patented soldering alloys (C-Solder), developed at the University of Cambridge, which consist innovative & unique solution for joining of carbon components as well as other materials generally considered as difficult to solder e.g. aluminium or ceramics. Placement offered by CAMETICS Ltd is suitable for chemists just starting their career as well as those more experienced and looking to return to work from a career break. Chemistry background is essential, experience in development of adhesives, inks, paints, coatings as well as experience in handling graphene and/or carbon nanotubes is welcomed but not essential. Graduates seeking their first professional role will have ability to become familiar with the full R and D cycle including early stage research, proof of concept experimentation and early stage development. More experienced professional will have ability to expand knowledge on nanomaterials - emerging area of chemistry within both research and industry. 


Job role

The position is available in the area of Nano structural carbon materials, composite and hybrid systems. The internship offered by CAMETICS Ltd will allow an exposure to the full R and D cycle. This includes early stage research, proof of concept experimentation and early stage development followed by mid stage development and the final tuning of a product to meet specific client requirements. Due to the start-up nature of CAMETICS Ltd, the student will be expected to have significant input at all stages of this process, by applying knowledge gained from discussion and observation of our team of experts in addition to knowledge gained by personal study and development. This high impact and responsibility is an opportunity which will not be available from larger companies and will allow for a vast improvement of the interns personal and professional skill set.


Job accountabilities

The core project will involve the development of a range of carbon nanomaterial-polymer composites for specific and novel applications. This will require the growth of an in depth understanding of carbon nanomaterials’ intrinsic properties and their behaviour in a system. Carbon nanomaterials are an emerging area of chemistry within both research and industry due to their frontier properties and impressive potential applications; several applications of which are being developed here at CAMETICS Ltd.

A large aspect of work will involve formulation chemistry, with respects to polymer synthesis and systems. Polymer chemistry is a great subsect of the chemical industry allowing for polymer experience to be invaluable to many industry employers. The intern will develop speciality in several polymers systems (such as PU polyesterimide) as well as in the skills required for the research and formulation of scientific product.

In addition to this there is a strong possibility for further application of the technology learnt in this core module. Due to the versatile nature of polymer products CAMETICS Ltd aims to create, there is significant scope for an emergent technology which the intern will be, in part or wholly, responsible for. This emergent product will boast impressive novel features which have the potential to be unparalleled in industry (Conductive elastic PU polymers).




Ability to work confidently and safely in a laboratory environment
Ability to use a core set of MS Office skills
Ability to work autonomously and effectively in a very energetic team environment
Chemistry skills

Specifically, the student will have ownership over one or several avenues of development with supervision from the CAMETICS team. These areas of development will be involved in one specific development and may be collated into one project for the student. This project will be one section of a technologies development and will have bearing on the final products functionality. The intern will be expected to present data (presentation skills) at weekly meetings and make informed decisions (critical decision making) on their projects direction after discussion with the whole team (team working).


Relevant disciplines

GRADUATES only: Degree disciplines: BSc MChem /chemistry
This internship is only open to:
  • Graduate
  • Postgraduates
  • PhD
  • Person returning to work after a career break
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