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Chemical sciences careers in Scotland

Scotland excels in chemical sciences, chemical engineering, catalysis, industrial biotechnology and more. And you can too. Help us drive transformational change. Develop your career in Scotland and work for exciting new startups or global manufacturers in world-class facilities.

Work with world-leading organisations

Develop your chemical sciences or chemical engineering career in Scotland and work with some of the world’s top academic and industry organisations.

Scotland is the place to take your career to the next level. It’s home to a diverse community of more than 200 chemical sciences companies.

You can use your skills in areas such as:

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

Innovative and global companies

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

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

Scotland has 13 universities and six colleges which have research and teaching excellence in chemistry and engineering, four of which are in the UK's top 10. Scotland is also home to the UK's number one 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.

Scotland’s extensive levels of industry-academia collaboration mean that the latest 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.

Search for chemical sciences jobs

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.