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Measurement Scientist

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Bebington, England
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JOB TITLE: Measurement Scientist
LOCATION: Port Sunlight research labs 


Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Marmite, Magnum and Lynx. Faced with the challenge of climate change and the need for human development, we want to move towards a world where everyone can live well and within the natural limits of the planet. That’s why our purpose is ‘to make sustainable living commonplace.

We are a global team who innovate boldly to create the products and experiences that improve people’s health, confidence and wellbeing and positively impact the health of the planet. This in turn drives sustainable, profitable growth for Unilever and our much-loved brands.

We are the innovators, scientists, engineers, chefs, technologists, regulatory experts and data scientists, bringing to life our ambitions, without being afraid to challenge our own thinking to get there.

We are award-winning leaders recognized for our expertise, celebrating the diversity and creativity in each and every one of us that makes our innovations come to life.

We are Unilever R&D.


The role of the Science and Technology (S&T) pillar within R&D is to develop breakthrough technologies and differentiated innovations to meet the needs and preferences of our consumers around the world.  Unilever is developing new sustainable materials to provide functional benefits that out-perform the competition and build equity for our leading brands.

Surface Engineering is a platform in Beauty and Personal Care S&T, employing materials chemistry and physics to cosmetically modify, repair or enhance the body’s substrates. Innovations are delivered through a combination of internal capability and external partnerships. Consumers increasingly demand sustainable solutions for their products and key to meeting these demands, is the utilization of sustainable feed stocks and green chemistry transformations to deliver renewable materials.

An opportunity has arisen for a degree-qualified scientist to join our team at Port Sunlight. The role is to contribute to the characterization of functional surfaces, including understanding the tribological properties of interacting surfaces and relating this to consumer preference.

The role is ideally suited to an energetic, self-motivated, resourceful research scientist with strong people skills and good practical laboratory skills. Previous experience of working in a research team, either in academia or industry, would be beneficial. The role will also require identifying and working with external partners to help deliver new insights and build our tribology and surface science capabilities.  

The role requires working across multi-disciplinary project teams where members contribute to achieving a common goal; an ideal candidate would have excellent people and communication skills. A candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative and a desire to continually develop their scientific skills.


  • Develop specific expertise and experience in the field of material performance and/or tribology.

  • To design and conduct experiments, to understand the material design rules that impact tribological properties of surfaces and drive product performance.

  • To translate business need into technical hypotheses and integrate them into the activities of the research team.

  • Contribute to designing and executing experimental plans to agreed timings, building and leveraging both external, as well as internal networks, where appropriate.

  • Contribute and executing best data practices, including identifying opportunities for automation & exploiting the ever-advancing digital capabilities. 

  • Keep accurate records of experimental data and analysis of results.

  • Deliver verbal and written communication of results, key insights, developments, and observations to project teams.

  • The role will require working at the Port Sunlight Research Lab and the Materials Innovation Factory in Liverpool.


  • Master’s degree in a physical science, mechanical engineering or equivalent is essential.

  • PhD or equivalent in physical sciences, mechanical engineering or equivalent is desirable.

  • Experience of working in materials science or engineering laboratory, ideally with a good working knowledge of tribology and surface science measurement methods and their development.

  • Other desirable skills, although not essential, include:  

    - Knowledge of data science and/or coding skills in Python and/or R.
    - Knowledge of experimental design for automation.
    - knowledge of chemistry and experience in synthesis of polymeric materials.

  • Rigorous attention to detail and good data analysis skills.

  • A demonstrable track record of collaborative and independent working.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to convey scientific and project findings to audiences with varied backgrounds.


Not only do we offer a competitive salary, but also our pension scheme, an annual bonus, a free gym, a staff shop and shares. You’ll get the opportunity to work directly with our renowned and exciting brands in a flexible and agile environment. We strive to achieve a family-friendly culture and to, above all, create possibilities for all.

Diversity at Unilever is about inclusion, embracing differences, creating possibilities and growing together for better business performance. We embrace diversity in our workforce. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants and continuing development of all employees regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

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