Research Chemist Student Placement

Date: 31 Oct 2023

Location: Blackley, MAN, GB, M9 8GQ

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,800 employees. For more information, view our latest Corporate Report.

Research Chemist Student Placement

Blackley (Manchester)


At Lubrizol, we have a growing student community in the UK.  On placement within the Blackley Research and Process Technology Team, you will have the opportunity to gain experience working within the area of polymer synthesis and organic chemistry. You could be working on either research into new product development or process technology involving the scaling up of existing or new products.


What you will be doing:


  • Working on the synthesis and development of novel polymeric dispersants for paints, inks or plastics
  • Working on the production of large scale samples for customer trials
  • Performing synthetic experiments, keeping an up-to-date electronic laboratory note book and be able to communicate results at meetings and quarterly check-ins
  • Liaising with members of research group and applications department at Blackley


What you will need:


  • Studying towards a chemistry related degree involving a year in industry, achieving a 2:1 or above
  • Lab based experience, whether at university or from work placements
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Microsoft Office programmes
  • Ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Ability to prioritise workload and projects accordingly


This role will be suitable for candidates with an interest in organic/polymer chemistry, who will be able to see the whole product development cycle from candidate identification, application performance and scale up.


Why Lubrizol?


We know that Lubrizol is not a common household name, so it may surprise you to know that our products and technologies are in the things that you use every day- from surfaces and fluids in the vehicles you drive, to shampoo, medicines, to the clothes that you wear.

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, combines our unique chemistry expertise, formulation and applications capabilities, and market insights to positively impact the lives of our customer’s end users around the globe.


What we can do for you:


  • Competitive salary
  • Discretionary bonus
  • 34.5 days holiday (including 8 bank holidays)
  • Competitive Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Potential to support final year project
  • On site Gym and Restaurant
  • Free Car Parking



Together, we are Lubrizol: Where science excels, and people make a difference.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Lubrizol.  Lubrizol is not staying put. We are continually learning and evolving.  Our passion delivers our success — not only for Lubrizol but for those who count on us every day: our employees, customers and communities.

We are talented people working together to solve problems and improve lives through science. We are making a difference, and we will never stop pushing to do it better.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of applicants. All applicants will be considered entirely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

Our application process is very straightforward, simply create a short profile and upload your CV and cover letter.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the placement and have completed a minimum of 2 years of an undergraduate degree but will not have graduated at the start of the placement. 


We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and will close this vacancy once we have enough applications


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Our Blackley site is located just four miles north of Manchester city centre. Diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is filled with unique and extensive restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and places to visit whilst the surrounding Greater Manchester boroughs offer a variety of quaint market towns, traditional pubs and beautiful green spaces which can be explored on both bike and foot. The city has great transport links in and around Greater Manchester and the largest airport outside of London, flying to around 225 destinations worldwide. Blackley itself is home to Heaton Park which is Europe’s largest municipal park. With over 640 acres of parkland to explore, within Heaton Park you will find the 18th Century country house, Heaton Hall, playgrounds, cafes, Tram museum, and activities to suit all ages. Oasis and The Stone Roses are amongst those who have played concerts in the park and it also has the only flat bowling greens in Manchester – which were built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. For those who are passionate sport fans, Manchester is home to two of England’s most popular football teams – Manchester United and Manchester City. It is also not difficult to escape the bustling city centre with the beauty of the Peak District being on the doorstep and the Lake District also being within easy reach.

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