Senior Material Chemist – Concrete4Change

Location: Sheffield, UK
Posted: 2 weeks, 6 days ago

Start date and end date

This is a permanent position and is available from July 2022.

Working hours:

Full time working hours – a mix of remote, lab and office working


£45k-£80k (mixed of basic salary + company share options)

If you believe you’re the right fit for this role and can make an impact at a fast-growing award-winning deep-tech start-up, please send your CV and 1-page cover letter to

About us

Concrete4Change (C4C) is a R&D start-up that has secured its first round of private investment and won multiple public grant awards for its ground-breaking technology for carbon sequestration within concrete - including the United Nations most innovative Net-Zero technology Climate Challenge Cup at COP26 in Glasgow. C4C is looking for a talented and motivated material chemist and/or adsorption and surface Chemistry specialist. This is Chief Scientific Officer position with significant progress opportunities in a fast-growing team. You will be working directly with directors in order to deliver the C4C milestones and directly contribute to the R&D technology. Please consider as a small start-up, we cannot provide visa for employees.

Person Specification


  • Minimum five years’ experience leading independent research, ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions. Understanding of laboratory setup, with experience in equipment specification development and procurement.
  • Knowledge of synthesis, formulation and characterisation of organic and inorganic materials including polymers, solid adsorbents. (IR, UV, Particle histogram via SEM and TEM…).
  • R&D experience in the fields of adsorption, adsorbent design, separation technologies, catalyst, materials characterisation and/or carbon capture.
  • Experience in solid gas adsorption and adsorbent design, sorbent development for gas stripping and capture (CO2 or H2S), Surface area analysis via gas adsorption (BET), physical and chemical adsorption or thermal analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of catalyst/ materials characterization and/or testing techniques
  • Experience in developing proposals/bids writing


  • Developed R&D schedules for a start-ups and/or experience setting up a laboratories for large organisations
  • Experience in computational chemistry, analysis and simulation of synthetic materials
  • 10+ years post PhD experience in material chemistry
  • Experience of carbon capture utilisation and storage
  • ICP-OES elemental analysis, surface energy measurement and other techniques.
  • Experience of patent writing and grant proposal development


  • A MSc or PhD in chemistry or related field.
  • 10 or more years of relevant hands-on lab/pilot experience in post-doctoral applied research, or in an industrial setting.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop new technology areas that leverage existing capabilities and expertise, including but not limited to CO2 adsorption and concrete production.
  • Develop the C4C IPs for CO2 adsorption technologies.
  • Conduct literature review and generate ideas to optimise the C4C carbon capture and utilisation technologies.
  • Develop the C4C laboratory operations and arrange and categorise experiments. Plan and conduct R&D research to deliver milestones.
  • Actively participate in brainstorming and problem-solving in a team setting to identify solutions.
  • Develop the funded grant project proposals – e.g. Innovate UK, European Innovation Council, UKRI, Horizon Europe. Own and develop the pipeline of multi-million pound/euro grant funding opportunities relevant to C4C’s profile


  • Develop and lead the C4C chemistry R&D for the sequestration of CO2 in concrete.
  • Develop and successfully deliver adsorbent technologies for optimal sorption and desorption in concrete.
  • Plan, procure and manage the chemical laboratory in line with regulations.
  • Lead the chemical aspects of grant applications with a £10 million target.
  • Prepare quarterly reports analysing technologies inline with and/or beneficial to C4C.
  • Produce new ideas and innovations for sequestration of CO2 in concrete.
  • Prepare the documentation for IP and patents.


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