Development Chemist (KTP Associate)

University of Strathclyde / Terumo Aortic Ltd
Location: Inchinnan, Glasgow
Salary: Circa £35,000 plus £5,000 training and development budget
Closing Date: 13th February 2019

Terumo Aortic Ltd (https://www.Terumo is a world leader in the design and manufacture of products that address the needs of vascular and cardiovascular clinicians throughout the world. Terumo Aortic is a subsidiary of the Terumo Corporation of Japan, a premier global medical device company which was founded in 1921 and currently has over 21,000 employees worldwide.

Terumo Aortic’s headquarters and manufacturing facility are located at Inchinnan near Glasgow where there are presently over 800 employees. Over 90% of the company’s total output is exported to more than 90 countries worldwide. For over 35 years, the company has applied advanced and innovative technologies to develop a wide portfolio of products which include an extensive range of sealed woven and knitted polyester grafts for peripheral, abdominal and cardiothoracic surgery.

The University of Strathclyde has joined forces with Terumo Aortic to develop a series of sophisticated new products, and we are seeking a highly motivated KTP associate to work with us in this exciting new collaboration. The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. Please visit:

The KTP Associate will be an employee of the University of Strathclyde and will be supervised by chemistry and engineering academics, but will spend most of their working time at the company’s HQ in Inchinnan.

A PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline is essential and some industrial experience is desirable. The successful candidate will have a ‘hands-on’ approach with good interpersonal and team working skills and must be able to communicate at all levels and work to tight deadlines.

The position includes extensive management training a generous personal development budget. With the support of academic experts and a KTP Adviser, this is an excellent opportunity which offers an extremely interesting, varied and challenging role.

Brief Outline of Job:

Through this Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, you will play a key role in managing and implementing strategic developments in the company and transferring knowledge between the University and company. Typical challenges you could encounter as a KTP Associate include designing and introducing new or improved products or processes, re-organising production facilities and introducing improved quality systems and technology, in order to allow the company to break into new markets. More about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and the benefits to your long term career can be found at

Main Activities/Responsibilities:

1. Review of the current product formulations, documentation of the current formulations, establishment of baseline performance and agreement of KPIs for new generation formulations

2. Review of existing manufacturing capability for current markets and identification of capability enhancements

3. Review of capability required to move into identified premium markets.

4. Development of optimised formulations for existing products and newly identified high value products and related materials.

5. Development of new product manufacturing processes, quality systems and certification

6. Embedding of new knowledge and systems into the company by providing training and support.

7. Project management and resourcing

8. Producing milestone reports and presenting work at project review meetings

9. Completion of KTP Final Report

10. Involvement in dissemination activities including trade publications, case studies, academic papers and external presentations

Educational and/or Professional Qualifications
(E=Essential, i.e. a candidate must meet all essential criteria to be considered for selection, D=Desirable)

E1 A PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science or a related discipline. Alternatively, a good honours degree (2.1 or better) with equivalent skills gained in industry over a period of years will be acceptable.


D1 Experience of working in the medical device industry or other manufacturing environment

Job Related Skills and Achievements

E2 Ability to plan and undertake multi-factorial experiments and data analysis, prepare reports and present results

E3 Ability to organise, plan and use time efficiently

D2 Ability to think creatively

E4 Results focused

E5 Excellent written and verbal communication skills

D3 Understands commercial imperatives

D4 Good understanding of health and safety issues

Personal Attributes

E6 Strong interpersonal skills, friendly and outgoing

E7 Self-starter

E8 Flexible and adaptable

D5 Ability to take an overview

E10 ‘Hands-on’ approach

Other Relevant Factors

D6 Knowledge of KTP

E11 Willingness to learn

E12 Customer focused

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