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Polymer Extrusion Scientist

Polymer Extrusion Scientist

Reference number: 19739

Location icon London
Job contract type Full Time (Permanent)
Salary icon Salary dependent on experience + equity
Company icon Notpla Ltd
Company activities icon Biodegradable packaging
Deadline icon 31/05/2022

Main responsibilities

Notpla is a VC-backed, London start-up whose ambitious mission is 'to make packaging disappear'. It is leading the way in developing biodegradable packaging, made from seaweed and plants, to produce a range of home compostable products and reduce unnecessary plastic in the environment. Notpla is made up of a tight-knit team of highly talented, deeply passionate people who are excited by the opportunity to challenge the world, are not afraid of doing things differently, and are truly committed to putting an end to our plastic pollution problem. If you are ready for an opportunity to jump in, tackle challenges head-on, contribute to a world-changing solution and have a bit of fun along the way, then we would love you to apply!


Notpla is seeking a Films Extrusion/Polymer Scientist on a full-time basis. We are looking for someone with a strong technical background in extrusion, injection moulding, polymer processing and film forming with the ambition to disrupt the industry using natural materials in place of traditional polymers. This person will work alongside the research, development and engineering team within Notpla to identify and test new materials for Notpla film formulations to improve performance, reduce cost and enhance environmental qualities of our products. This role will be centered around prototyping new materials using extrusion and injection moulding.


  • Rapid prototyping of extruded films using in-house equipment
  • Identifying, researching and testing new sources of natural ingredients
  • Formulation development and enhancement
  • Analysis and characterisation of film material prototypes
  • Working with the development scale up team to translate lab scale formulations to the larger scale

Qualifications/experience required


  • 3+ years working in an industrial research environment within film development, polymer extrusion or polymer processing
  • Degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Polymer Science, Polymer processing/engineering, Material Science, Chemistry
  • Demonstrable experience working with extrusion technology or injection moulding
  • Ambition to challenge traditional thinking around polymer processing through the development of natural polymeric materials
  • Comfortable in the workshop/lab with a willingness to conduct practical research and testing


  • Experience working in a start-up environment
  • Experience working with natural materials
  • Experience working in packaging material development

We are looking for unique candidates to join our team and consider every application independently. If you do not meet all the requirements above but believe you could be a good fit for this role and our organisation, please submit a cover letter telling us why.

Job Type: Full-time Remuneration: salary (dependent on experience) + equity Location: Hackney Wick, London

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