The University of Wolverhampton

Development Chemist/Chemical Engineer (KTP Associate with Johnson Test Papers)

Off Campus
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Contract Type
Advert Status
22,417 to 24,461 per annum
Closing Date
Job Reference

24 month fixed term contract

This KTP project offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious graduate to launch a career in industry with the support of company and academic mentors.


Johnson Test Papers Ltd, based in Oldbury in the West Midlands, has joined forces with the University of Wolverhampton on this KTP project to enable them to develop a new range of “non-bleed” pH indicator papers. The company have 70 years of experience in manufacturing an extensive range of test paper products ranging from simple pH testing, water analysis, production processes and measurements of special food parameters. Recent growth has enabled Johnson Test Papers to open a R&D facility, allowing the company to develop it’s own products as well as fulfil more bespoke requests from new and existing customers.  


The company has considerable expertise in paper impregnation technology and the development of paper test strips, but require a suitable research and Development Chemist/Chemical Engineer to work on a 24-month project aimed at developing a new range of “non-bleed” pH indicator papers. The project will require the associate to:


  • Build on a preliminary proof-of-concept dataset to synthesise a portfolio of “non- bleed” pH indicator dyes. This would require the associate to perform complex synthetic organic processes, whilst maintaining oversight of percentage yields and safety factors.
  • Use Chemical Engineering principles to scale up synthetic procedures to pre-pilot and pilot scale. This would require the associate to assess the current equipment within the company and make design recommendations for improvement. 
  • Implementation of all of the above to produce final products for sale


The successful candidate must have:

  • Minimum of a BSc/BEng Hons (1st or 2.1 class) in Chemistry or multidisciplinary degrees such as Chemical Engineering with Chemistry or equivalent, suitable secondary degrees such as MSc or PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering would be advantageous.  
  • Evidence of successful project management right through to completion.
  • Strong communication skills and a desire to commit to self-development.


We are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic candidate who is able to take ownership of this project and see it through to conclusion. You should also have the desire to develop your knowledge in an environment that encourages innovative thinking with the opportunity for real application to problem solving in the organic chemistry and chemical engineering fields. You will be required to undertake any travel necessary to develop and manage the partnership element of the project.


A positive attitude and pride in your work, showing attention to detail and quality control are essential. This position is integral to the strategic direction of the business, and the desire to be part of the long-term success and growth of the business is essential. To support your commitment to continuous self-development you will have a generous personal development budget in addition to KTP Management Training.


The University of Wolverhampton celebrates diversity and recognises that difference brings value to our organisation.

As part of our commitment to ensure the diversity of staff body reflects the diversity of the student and local communities we serve, we particularly welcome applications from candidates of Black, Asian, or Ethnic Minority heritage, and candidates who are Disabled (including people who whilst not self-defining as disabled do encounter challenges due to a society that disables them by lack of inclusivity).

We are proud to have been awarded Disability Confident employer status, included in the Stonewall list of employers and are working towards improving our practices against Athena Swan and the Race Equality Charter. We believe in creating an even playing field for all our colleagues, where we can all belong.


Living Wage  Stonewall Diversity Champion  Disability Confident    Athena SWAN Gender Charter BronzeREC Charter Bronze



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