Material Scientist

Location: Leyton, London

Starting Date: 22nd October 2019

Reports to: CTO

Workload: full time (Monday - Friday 10am - 6:30pm)

Salary: £25,000-28,000 pa.

About Our Company

Chip[s] Board® is a bioplastic innovation company, focusing on bringing sustainable circular economy materials to mass markets. We have now become established as a pioneering brand in the bioplastic industry. Our materials are all developed using industrial food waste as replacements for harmful plastics used in everyday products. We have particular focus on durable materials for the fashion and interior design markets.

Chip[s] Board® is a fast moving company and the successful candidate will join our core team as we grow. Joining our team is an exciting opportunity and every member needs key specialist skills to ensure we are growing smartly.


We’re looking for a material scientist to focus on improvement and characterisation of our materials and their mechanical properties. This role provides an exciting opportunity to assist in the development of new infrastructure to increase our production output and explore novel products. Candidates should have a keen interest in independent experimental design and analysis.

We encourage both aspiring graduates and experienced professionals to apply for this opportunity to work in an energetic start-up and play a key role in the development of new sustainable materials.

Previous experience with composite production, material testing and knowledge of global material standards and specifications such as BSEN/CE certification.


  • Apply material characterisation and process analytical expertise to evaluate the composition, structure, and properties of materials

  • Plan novel bio-based composite experiments and reach data-driven conclusions

  • Run and analyse standard material tests (tensile strength, three-point bend, etc.)

  • Work alongside the team leader to establish project objectives, workflows and timelines

  • Produce technical reports to communicate the findings of your project

  • Investigate new fibres, fillers and masterbatch colouring for biopolymers

  • Produce composites for use in the fashion industry

  • Conduct injection moulding experiments

  • Specify and purchase suitable equipment

  • Maintain lab safety and provide safety guidance to researchers in the lab

  • Support the lab team with other aspects of material production

Skills & Requirements

  • MSc Material Science/Engineering

  • Well-developed independent research skills

  • Passion for sustainable manufacturing practice

  • Previous experience using material testing equipment such as tensile testing

  • Lab experience in relevant field

  • Understanding of BSEN & CE regulations

  • Plastic production knowledge (ideally bioplastic specific)

  • Composite production knowledge (sigma mixers/twin-screw)

  • A basic understanding of polymer chemistry

  • Ability to work in fast-paced startup environment and manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

If interested please send a cover letter and CV to

Application deadline November 1st 2019