27 November 2019

You're hired 2019

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and SCI’s Young Chemists’ Panel

Birmingham, UK

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Within the global chemistry sector there are a large number of potential roles in which to start a career with and deciding which career path to choose can be a daunting decision. Once a potential career starting point has been identified the next challenge is securing that position. This event aims to highlight some potential careers that are available in academia, and in some obvious and not so obvious industries. The speakers will describe what those roles look like on a day-to-day basis and the potential paths into them including the types of support that are available to help you succeed. There will also be ample time for networking opportunities with fellow researchers, industry contacts and you will also get the chance to understand what a potential employer may want from successful candidates.


This meeting is aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and early career researchers.

Welcome and introduction
Careers in the AgChem industry: why and how?
Liz Jones, Syngenta 
Adventures in chemistry & tech - the life of a Medicinal Chemist and informatician
Matt Crittall, Sygnature
Careers in industry: Key lessons from leaders in Life Sciences
Tom Froggatt, Singular Talent
A Fresh Perspective on consulting
Nigel Bailey, Fresh Perspectiv
Automotive Additive Industry: Lubricating your Career
Beatrice Cattoz and Nathan Hollingworth, Infineum
Patent attorney careers
Nonny Jones, Alembia Intellectual Property
A career in Medicinal Chemistry: making drugs for a living
Hannah Davies, GSK
Refreshment break
How to start a company from a lab
Nikolay Cherkasov, Stoli Catalysts
What happens after synthesis: formulation science
Luca Castrati, Concept Life Sciences
A career in scientific sales: selling science and your soul down the river?
Chris Message, Phenomemex
Closing remarks
Networking reception

Venue and Contact

The Old Library

Gibb St,
B9 4AT

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

This is a FREE event but booking is essential as numbers are limited.

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Additional Info

Organising committee

David Alker, SCI / David Alker Associates
Daniel Hamza, SCI / Sygnature Discovery
Elizabeth Jones, SCI / Syngenta
David Leese, SCI / Concept Life Sciences
Fred Hancock, SCI

Exhibition and sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further information and prices please email conferences@soci.org