Principal Scientist

Job Details

Industry Pharmaceuticals Location: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Function Science Employment Type: Full-time
Work Exp. Reqd: Mid-senior level Education Reqd: Doctorate


Cash: 41700 GBP - 50000 GBP Equity: Not Provided

Role Overview

CatSci Ltd, based in Cardiff, UK, is an innovation partner to the chemical research, development and manufacturing industries, specialising in process research and development for manufacturing drug substance and other high value materials. CatSci Ltd has extensive knowledge and expertise in a wide range of chemistry from discovery support through to full scale manufacturing and life-cycle management.

As the company continues to grow rapidly, CatSci require additional experienced Principal Scientists to join a dynamic process chemistry team in our world-class facility in Cardiff.


You will be bringing scientific excellence to the research and development of new processes for our clients, while mentoring and coaching junior members of staff.

Main duties:

  • delivering practical projects in laboratory as well as chemistry programmes to cost, quality and time demands.
  • liaising with clients at technical meetings
  • compiling reports to convey results and offer conclusions
  • taking personal responsibility for the quality, integrity, communication and delivery of science on your project
  • offering technical expertise to junior chemists


  • A PhD in chemistry with at least five years’ experience in the industry
  • Detailed understanding of organic synthesis, scale-up and process chemistry
  • Expertise in the use of practical synthetic chemistry techniques
  • Natural leadership ability is desirable, although previous line management experience is not required.

Passion for science is essential, as well as self-motivation and results-oriented nature. You will be capable of thinking creatively, keen on challenging new experiences and making decisions with integrity to support the business, while fostering a culture of continuous improvement.


  • 25 days annual leave
  • Company benefits, including Employee Growth Shares Scheme
  • Annual bonus
  • Wellbeing Program
  • Permanent and temporary opportunities
  • Flexible working arrangements (subject to prior agreement)
  • The best team to work with (even if it is us saying so!)


*As an equal opportunities employer, we will provide reasonable support to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments in order to attend/ perform in the interview, please do not hesitate to let us know.