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Sustainable Packaging Materials Scientist (Fibres)

Sustainable Packaging Materials Scientist (Fibres)

Posted on: August 24, 2023

Sector: Business professionals

Location: Port Sunlight

PAYE Work Level & Salary: RH3 £26,956 - £29,951 per annum, RH4 £32,536 - £36,151 per annum

Employment Type: PAYE

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a world-leading global organization. Unilever, a leading, global FMCG company with brands such as PG Tips, Dove, Knorr, Persil & Magnum, is committed to changing the world with our ambitious Packaging Strategy, and you could be a crucial part of it!

About Us:

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.