We have been working diligently to close the loop on plastics and make our packaging more sustainable. Unilever is committed to halving our virgin plastic footprint, making all our packaging 100% recyclable, and accelerating the use of recycled material. We are now embarking on the next step to ensure our packaging moves towards a 100% circular waste-free and carbon-neutral model. Science and innovation are our driving forces, and we are using them to revolutionize our packaging to make this vision a reality. We’re looking for innovative materials scientists who are passionate about developing new packaging technologies for a Cleaner Future.
Role Purpose (Responsibilities):
- Conduct materials characterization and provide insights to relate properties with performance, especially for fibre-based materials.
- Design, plan, and execute experiments, often working independently.
- Develop fibre-based materials in a laboratory setting.
- Support existing program activities with characterization and analysis, utilizing techniques such as FTIR, thermal analysis, mechanical testing, and high-resolution imaging.
- Collaborate internally and engage in open innovation with external partners.
- Contribute to the research program’s development and provide recommendations to project leaders.
- Collaborate with digital scientists and partners at the Materials Innovation Factory (University of Liverpool) to develop predictive models.
- Support intellectual property (IP) generation.
All About You:
We’re seeking an individual who shares our passion for innovation, applied material science, and environmental sustainability. You’ll be part of a multi-disciplinary project team ethos, where everyone contributes to achieving a common goal.
- Experience in materials characterization and insight development.
- Creative problem-solver with a strong passion and the ability to think big and inspire others.
- Flexibility, agility, and willingness to challenge the status quo and embrace transformational change.
- Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and projects, with excellent teamworking and networking skills.
- Committed to continuous development of scientific and competency skills.
Technical Qualifications and Experience:
- Higher education qualification in Fibre Technology, Paper & Pulp, Textiles, Material Science, Chemistry, or closely related discipline.
- Experience in materials characterization, including fibre-based materials.
- Desirable experience in the development of pulp and paper or natural fibre-based materials.
- Industrial innovation project experience (desirable but not essential).
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to manipulate, process, visualize, and interpret data.
- Proficiency in working within multidisciplinary projects and teams.
- Excellent presentation and communication skills in written and verbal English, with the ability to convey technologies and innovations clearly and engagingly.
- Excellent organizational skills.
What We Offer:
- Be part of a diverse, inclusive, high-performing, and ambitious team shaping the future of packaging.
- The opportunity to work at the forefront of a packaging revolution in materials, in-silico simulation, automation, and more, along with all the benefits you’d expect from a world-leading organization.