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Careers at iCAST

Join the innovation leaders in clean growth in the UK and internationally, in our new cross-institutional Innovation Centre working in bio-based feedstocks, sustainable chemical production systems and sustainable engineering materials and plastics. 

How will you be involved:

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic partnership of over 45 spin-outs, high growth SMEs and multinational corporates to deliver sustainable and circular chemical process-based research and innovation projects. Working with the Universities of Bath and Oxford and its core partners - the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s National Composites Centre (NCC) and Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) you will take on a key role in the heart of this ambitious cross-institutional project. 

What’s our ambition?

The £17M Innovation Centre for Applied and Sustainable Technologies (iCAST) is a new, unique innovation facility hosted by the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at Bath. Its purpose is to kick-start a step-change in the UK industrial strategy for translating sustainable chemical technologies into clean growth. Its ambition is to be the go-to place for companies working on clean growth technologies to easily invest in R&D and to partner with critical mass academic strength to enable them to scaleup, deliver innovation commercially and deliver economic impact, build supply chains, jobs and green growth in the UK and overseas. 

This is a unique opportunity to work with a large, dynamic team at the interface between academic research and industry need. All research and innovation projects within iCAST will involve multiple partners, academics, industry, catapults, technology translators. Research staff will have the opportunity to work on a portfolio of projects from research led core programmes through to short feasibility studies. 

Images of the exterior and interior of the Carriage Works creative hub in Swindon

How will we support you:

The Creative Hub and academic gateway being developed at the Brunel’s iconic Carriage Works in Swindon will be at the heart of our creative, collaborative and inclusive culture. Mentoring will be a key part of iCAST for Technology Translators, at the industry, academic and/or innovation level. Unique and different (flexible) experiences and potential career paths will be sought and promoted for all iCAST team members. Flexible working arrangements will be considered as the focus will be on delivering results. Opportunities for continuous professional development and training will be promoted for all colleagues.

Our team:

We are building a diverse team that is passionate about sustainability and innovation, find out about some of current colleagues:

Professor Matthew Davidson is iCAST Executive Director. He is Whorrod Professor of Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Director of the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. He also leads the Catalysis for the Circular Economy strand of the UK Catalysis Hub. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a recipient of the Harrison Medal of the RSC and has held a Royal Society Industry Fellowship. 

Francesca Guiso Gallisai is iCAST Manager with responsibility to provide strategic leadership for all iCAST inter-partner interactions, management and budgeting resource allocation. She also manages the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies and is responsible for the delivery of all its initiatives, from support to PhD researchers, academic staff and industrial partners to coordination of all projects under CSCT umbrella, including iCAST.

Do you share our drive and ambition to deliver sound sustainable industrial solutions? 

You will also need to: 

  • Have a natural curiosity and creativity
  • Be highly collaborative, comfortable engaging with a wide group of people across multiple networks. 
  • Be goal focussed, with a practical and thorough approach to achieving your ambitions.

Our commitment to you:

We value, promote and celebrate inclusion. We believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our staff and students. Our assessment approach ensures you will have the opportunity to promote your individuality, and we will make all offers based on your competencies and experience relative to the role. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Within iCAST, we will be reporting Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity (EDI) data for our recruitment, project participation, workshops, seminars, etc to delivery and management boards with EDI as a standing agenda item for review and action if necessary.

Our Locations:

iCAST researchers will be based either at Bath or Oxford and take full advantage of the research facilities across both Universities and iCAST partners as well as the developing facility at the Carriage Works in Swindon. The support team will be located initially at the University of Bath and then, depending on specific roles, full-time or part-time at iCAST’s dedicated facility in Swindon’s Carriage Works. 

The Carriage Works are a unique, historic building within walking distance of Swindon station and the town centre. Built around 1876, as part of Brunel’s Great Western Works, the building was once the largest carriage works in the country, standing at the very forefront of Victorian industrial innovation. This off-campus location will provide a dedicated place where iCAST’s partners can work together on today’s industrial innovation centred on sustainability. Swindon has excellent railway connections to London, Bath and Oxford and it is situated in Northeast Wiltshire, a region renowned for its outstanding countryside and its historic landmarks.

Travel expenses to/from Swindon will be reimbursed as well as travel to/from partners’ academic and industrial sites.