(Senior) Surface Chemist

Location: Daresbury, Warrington 

Salary: £35,000 – £50,000 depending on experience

Hours: Full time 

Contract Type: Permanent 


Role Overview 

Quantum Science (QS) is seeking a (Senior) Surface Chemist to join our R&D team based in Daresbury, UK. The (Senior) Surface Chemist will play a pivotal role in surface modification and functionalisation of colloidal quantum dots and other advanced nanomaterials for optoelectronic applications.


Company and Business Overview 

Quantum Science is an awardwinning material innovation company focusing on research and development of quantum dots and other advanced materials. We contribute to society through material innovation to transform short wave infrared image sensor technology for consumer markets We provide innovative technology to the semiconductor industry to enable cutting-edge products at low cost. 


We have fostered strong relationships with leading research organisations and industrial partners to keep us at the forefront of innovation while achieving a stable foundation thanks to investors who share our long-term vision.  


Our company is based in TechSpaceOne, Daresbury National Laboratory, Warrington, United Kingdom. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • ● Plan experimental strategies and conduct the research in surface modification and functionalisation of colloidal quantum dots and other nanomaterials to make them compatible with the host matrix and/or enhance their performance as required.

  • ● Develop colloidal quantum dot inks for optoelectronic applications.

  • ● Conduct routine characterisation of nanomaterials.

  • ● Analyse and interpret data and suggest solutions to improve target properties.

  • ● Provide guidance and technical support to other team members.

  • ● Prepare progress technical reports, invention disclosure, and patents in a clear, concise, and timely manner.


Skills and Experience 

  • ● A PhD in chemistry, material science or equivalent degree with a proven research record in surface chemistry and interfaces science. Preferred independent post-doc or research fellow or relevant industrial experience for the senior role.

  • ● Have deep understanding of semiconductor nanomaterials.

  • ● Extensive practical laboratory experience and research in surface modification and functionalisation of semiconductor nanocrystals including solution ligand exchange and surface passivation/doping.

  • Demonstrate creativity and ability to innovate to generate and implement ideas.

  • ● Ability to plan, prioritise and address forthcoming issues.

  • ● Strong organisation and influencing skills to effectively work with inter-disciplinary and cross-functional teams within QS or external partners to achieve project goals.

  • ● Excellent verbal and written communication skills including IT literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • ● Achieving project milestones.

  • ● Reporting results to Team Leader in a timely manner.

  • ● All invention disclosures/patents filed in a timely manner.

  • All samples are sent to other teams and customers in a timely manner.

  • ● Identify needed equipment and carry out procurement if necessary.


Benefits Package 

  • Competitive salary.

  • Performance-related bonus system.

  • Pension contribution.

  • Life insurance.


Qualified candidates should send their CV to

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