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Principal Scientist

Role: Senior Technical Advisor

Location: UK

NIRI Ltd (Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute Ltd) is looking for a talented and motivated Principal Scientist to join their team. The main focus of the role will be to lead multiple commercially focused R+D projects across a wide range of industries. This is an exciting opportunity to take on a fresh challenge in research and development.

The role would suit a graduate in an engineering discipline with at least a MSc qualification in textile science and technology, or materials science or a related engineering disciplines with working experience in related industries. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and able to show evidence of excellent technical, scientific, analytical and problem-solving capabilities and demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.

The key responsibilities of a Principal Scientist include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the development and design of new nonwoven products, processes and services as well as applying a logical and systematic, commercially savvy approach to application and market reviews. 
  • Understanding and articulating project drivers and success factors from the client’s perspective to ensure relevant, impactful results. Assisting in the development of technical proposals/pitches to potential and existing clients. 
  • Understanding fundamental scientific principles and applying them to solve challenging problems in a commercially relevant way that meets the client’s requirements. 
  • Applying appropriate project management tools and techniques to track progress and hit milestones. Planning and managing scale-up trials. Guidance and leadership of the project team (internal and client). Leading and conducting client update meetings. 
  • Overseeing and driving timely, systematic technical progress ensuring critical thinking underpins decision making. Using advanced analytical skills, data analysis and correlation to support objective decision making. 
  • Compiling concise, commercially relevant, technical reports that address the client’s needs with laser focus. Presenting results and data to all levels of clients’ organisations over web conference and in person. Supporting the CInO as an advocate of NIRI’s culture of excellence. 

The Company

Founded in 2005, the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute Ltd (NIRI) has grown quickly into the world’s leading consultancy business focused on the development of nonwoven products and processes. Having now completed over 750 projects for 350 different companies, NIRI has a proven reputation for developing innovative, commercially viable products, helping companies to improve and grow their businesses.

The Person

The key skills and qualities of a Principal Scientist:

  • A high standard of work ethics: approaching tasks diligently with the emphasis on always delivering the best possible solution, being objective and honest
  • Enthusiasm in learning: actively contributing to your learning process by independently researching technical topics, and contributing to the wide range of training provided
  • Gaining experience: utilising the experience and developing skills in delivering a wide range of tasks on diverse projects
  • Essential team member: embracing a collaborative approach to solve technical challenges as a vital part of a small team, liaising with NIRI lab team and management to deliver projects
  • Considered opinion: considering others’ perspectives supported by objective facts, evidence from literature, other staff experiences and client perspective
  • Passion: being inspired by innovation and transformational ideas and able to pass this on to others around you

If you are keen on joining this exciting, forward thinking company and taking the next step in your career, then please click the apply now button to find out more.