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Renewable energy R&D chemist

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Archerfield Consulting Ltd
Archerfield consulting's client has an exciting new opportunity in their Technical Support team for a resilient researcher with a commitment to deliver commercial insights and a knowledge of malt & grain whisky production processes and waste water treatment.
Based at their Girvan Distillery, which is the largest grain distillery in Scotland and a true powerhouse not just in terms of spirit volume, but in terms of innovative energy generation and new technology projects, this role will support and enable the ambitious plans of a growing global spirits company with a portfolio of premium brands, including Glenfiddich, Hendricks Gin and Tullamore DEW, by focusing on the development of our anaerobic technologies and environmental compliance for both grain and malt distilling.
As Renewable Energy Research & Development Chemist, a key focus of your role will be the optimisation of biogas yields and anaerobic digester stability through analytical insights; and the effluent compliance aspects for our Scottish distilling sites.
From day one you will be involved in a number of exciting projects, including:
Commissioning of our full scale anaerobic plant and optimising process parameters to deliver maximum efficiencies using different substrates;
Planning and executing pilot plant studies for the company and external clients and generating reports to support these, highlighting commercial opportunities and risk based on analytical data;
Seeking to develop novel, robust, commercially advantageous and sustainable solutions to yield and compliance challenges for both the company and external clients via research and analysis;
Generate IP through development of novel solutions across anaerobic fermentations and digestate management;
Ensuring compliance and facilitate improvements with the integrated quality management system in order to maintain PAS110 accreditation.
Applicants should be passionate problem solvers who are educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline and have knowledge of anaerobic digestion processes and experience in developing commercial solutions from bench top research.
Excellent planning, communication and implementation skills and the drive to challenge the status quo are also essential for this role.

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