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With a PhD or a degree in Chemistry, the analytic chemist will use state-of-the-art equipment to analyse, test and evaluate certain samples. The candidate will work under the Senior Chemist and contribute to or carry out extensive laboratory testing and experimental work.
The candidate must work methodically and have a keen eye for detail, as well as working under within the HS&E boundaries at all times. Making hazard and risk assessments on certain activities will also be required. Excellent communication and report writing skills are needed, and the ability to work within a team, as well as under high pressure situations, are a must.
Working with hydrogenation, continuous processes, fixed bed reactor and alkylation chemistry is usually required. The understanding that some or all data is in confidence is also required, and the reports must be safely delivered to comply with the company's requirements.
The average salary for those working in a chemistry based environment is £23,500, including bonuses.

Description

Chemists are required to study the composition of different materials and how they interact with other elements at certain physical conditions. They conduct experiments to study different processes, using complex equipment, and then creating reports for conferences and scientific meetings. Common duties in this area are related to quality control, research, development and production areas.

A Chemist usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Measuring impact of industrial processes.
• Developing new products.
• Examining processes and evidences.
• Ensuring food quality and safety.
• Discovering new treatments and medicines.

Skills

• Having IT skills.
• Being patient and persistent.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having good written and spoken communication skills.
• Having competent math and science knowledge.
• Having good problem solving abilities.
• Being methodical and analytical.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having high attention to details.
• Having competent knowledge about safety regulations.

Education

Most people working on Chemistry area are graduates in chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and other related scientific subjects. It is required to have five GCSE’s/S grades and two A levels/three H grades as a minimum for these degree courses, including math, chemistry and other relevant science subject. Some jobs require relevant work experience and advanced degrees, such as postgraduate qualifications.

Other available path for this area is to work as a technician in a chemistry laboratory. Requirements for applicants are having GCSE’s/S grades (A-C/1-3) including two Sciences, English, and Math.

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