Materials Scientist Engineer


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Role: Materials Engineer
Salary: £ 27,000 > £36,000 depending on experience.
Team: Engineering
Location: Matter, Unit 5 Avon Trading Estate, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0XA
Reports To: Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

About Matter

Matter is a microplastics technology company focused on sustainable design and the circular economy. It was founded with the ambition to change the world and to create a team of people with the skills and abilities to deliver that change. We are working on some of the biggest challenges of our time; removing microplastics and micropollutants from the UK’s waterways and creating a circular economy from the tons of plastic heading towards our Ocean. There is no such thing as waste, just resources in the wrong place.

The Role: Materials Engineer

We are looking for a ‘swiss army knife’ of a Materials Engineer. Someone who is unphased by the impossible ─ as this is often our benchmark. Your primary role will be to identify applications for the waste material captured by Matter’s filtration
technologies and work with the engineering team to deliver these as commercially viable and sustainable solutions. The core focus of this work is to implement the circular economy model. For this you will need proven experience of your professional ability whilst working on sustainably focussed projects and a sound technical background in materials engineering and recycling techniques, with the ability to innovate in these sectors.

We work across many disciplines; our directive is to help people and planet. Much of our work is not publicised for confidentiality but fundamentally we work on solving environmental problems through innovative design and engineering. The work is interesting and diverse, concentrating on research and product development. You will be required to work on more than one project at once, so an ability to multi-task and manage your time effectively are key.

We have an established engineering team, and you will need to hit the ground running and keep pace. We work in a dynamic environment where we are building a business from the ground up, as well as developing innovative products. In a start-up environment everyone pitches in – your role will have blurred edges and we will expect you to use your initiative.

This is a unique opportunity to play an important role in establishing a new way of doing business and to make the change that you want to see in the world.

Our Expectations

We expect you to act in an environmentally conscious way, with a passion to do more. Not only to reduce environmental impact but to be a role model for positive change.

Your role will include and not be limited to:

• Identifying new applications for waste materials captured by Matter’s filtration technologies.
• Conducting life cycle analysis.
• Advising on the most appropriate, sustainable and cost-effective materials for product applications.
• Working with the engineering team to solve problems during product development and manufacturing process.
• Testing materials to assess resilience to environmental conditions, such as heat, corrosion, or chemical attack.
• Analysis of materials and data, conducting tests, monitoring performance, and getting dirty and doing the test yourself.
• Working on the technical documentation of test methodologies, test reports and test data management.
• Managing test schedules and delivering test results in the required timeframe.
• Researching and procuring specialist equipment, materials and parts.
• Building of prototypes and test rigs.
• Helping to ensure that products comply with legal and quality standards.
• Supporting health and safety by writing risk assessments etc.
• Taking an active role in helping to improve our processes and facilities – we’re a small but rapidly growing business and we need people who are autonomous, take initiative and think outside of the box.
• Being the first point of contact for Matter. You will be representing the company on the phone and through emails setting up meetings and organising calls.
• The ability and desire to travel to client meetings nationally and internationally when required.

The Basics

• Minimum education: A degree at 2:1 or above, or equivalent level of experience, in materials engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, or degree from a similar scientific field.
• An in-depth knowledge of the circular economy model and cradle to cradle design principles.
• A specialism in plastics, composites, substrates and/or textiles.
• A sound background in materials, including polymers, metals, and organic compounds.
• An in-depth knowledge of recycling techniques and processes.
• Experience in creating test standards, designing test rigs and conducting the test yourself.
• Competency in the use of hand tools, power tools and machinery.
• Experience in dealing with suppliers, negotiating deals and samples is desirable.
• Ability to sketch and communicate your ideas visually.
• The ability to be able to pitch ideas and present to clients and customers.
• Meticulous organisational skills.
• High competency in materials analysis software.
• High competency in IT literacy ─ using programs such as the Windows suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
• Native level speaker in English and high written competency in English.


• Flexible working environment.
• 26 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays (pro-rata).
• +1 day to take on your birthday.
• Pension scheme.
• On-site parking for bicycles and cars.
• Team away day adventures.

Physical Requirements

• Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
• Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
• Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
• Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanour within a flexible and (at times noisy) work environment.
• Must be able to use workshop equipment unaided.
• Must be able to manually move laboratory equipment unaided.
• Must be able to travel internationally and domestically utilising various transportation methods.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Before applying please read this.

This role is a vital part of the successful development and growth of Matter. We are a young company, growing rapidly, and we are a tight-knit team so working together (literally and metaphorically) is essential.

Our HQ is a large facility that is set up for being able to work safely, and we have a comprehensive and dynamic working plan for Coronavirus, to keep our team safe and to mitigate for the inevitable disruptions.

Whilst we do work remotely when required, the nature of this role and our stage of development as a company, means that this cannot be a fully remote-working position.

To that end, you will need to live within realistic commuting distance of our HQ in central Bristol or be willing and able to relocate immediately.