Skilled in chemical sciences? Progress your career in Scotland

From big to small, we’ve got it all. Work for exciting new start-ups or global manufacturers in world-class facilities. We’re excelling in chemical engineering, catalysis, industrial biotechnology and more. You can too - help us drive transformational change.

Biotech engineer

If you want to take your chemical sciences career to the next level, Scotland is the place. 

We’re home to a diverse community of over 200 chemical sciences companies. You can use your skills in areas like:

  • Petrochemicals
  • Refining
  • Chemical synthesis and engineering
  • Agrichemicals
  • Advanced pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)
  • Pigments
  • Sensor technologies
  • Catalysis
  • Multidisciplinary industrial biotechnology

There are also exciting opportunities in associated fields like process control and instrumentation engineering and continuous manufacture and crystallisation.

More than 13,500 people work directly in our chemical science industry. You can work for globally-renowned companies like Ineos, DSM, SASOL and Syngenta, or innovative Scottish companies such as Ingenza and Celtic Renewables.

World-class research base

Scotland is home to an impressive world-class research base with a reputation for pioneering chemical science advances. 

We have 13 universities and 6 colleges which have research and teaching excellence in chemistry and engineering - 4 of which are in the UK's top 10. We also have the UK's number 1 chemistry department in EaStCHEM, which is the joint chemistry research school of the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews.

Scottish chemical sciences research accounts for 18% of all industrial research and development in Scotland (including pharma). Also, Edinburgh University is home to SCCS, the largest carbon capture and storage research group in the UK.

Our extensive levels of industry-academia collaboration mean that new ideas and research can be translated into successful businesses quickly and efficiently. Several innovation centres, including the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, Aquaculture Innovation Centre and the EPSRS Centre for Continuous Manufacture, have been developed to foster collaboration between academia and industry.

Develop your career in Scotland

Scotland’s chemical sciences sector offers a range of exciting opportunities, and we’re looking for skilled people like you. Develop your career in Scotland and work with some of the world’s top academic and industry organisations.

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