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Applied Science - Chemistry Graduate Programme

PA Consulting

Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

Our Graduates Make a Difference

As an Applied Scientist Graduate at PA, you’ll be able to apply what you have learned to real world challenges – this could be any part of your degree or science you have never seen before. Our scientists are constantly learning about their craft and broadening their knowledge, working alongside colleagues who all have a passion for using what they know, every day.

Making Science Real

We help our clients understand, contextualise and mature science from a blank sheet of paper to real life products and capabilities. We do this by understanding what the problem is that they are really trying to solve and we how we can sue the whole palette of techniques available within science to do this. Our breadth spans the creation of new kinds of radio receiver based on atomic gases, showing quantum computes can help make better decisions, to working with exciting start-ups to accelerate the development of affordable cell and gene therapies, which is set to revolutionise the healthcare industry

Enabling sustainability 

The world needs products and processes that are more sustainable and make more efficient use of resources. We develop novel materials as replacements for single use plastics, novel sensors and sensing systems to help us make more intelligent use of resources; we support public sector, start-ups and the world’s largest corporates in understanding and achieving their sustainability ambitions.  

Creating new medical devices and therapies 

We develop new medical devices and the manufacturing processes that help save lives. We supported the UK’s Ventilator challenge – massively scaling the supply base for ventilators during the pandemic – everyone who needed a ventilator got one, and made use of our chemistry base to create a new way to test autoinjectors – saving time, energy and resources in developing these lifesaving technologies.  

There are so many more stories we’d love to share with you, but you’ll have to come talk to us to find out more! 


About You:

We expect you to have a combination of: 

  • Are comfortable working both in a hands-on lab setting and performing desk-based research  
  • The curiosity to learn about new technologies and new markets 
  • Enthusiasm for solving problems 
  • A passion for using your knowledge in context– not just applying rote learning 
  • The versatility to apply your skills to new technical areas and work as part of a multidisciplinary group 
  • The ability to communicate what you know to experts and non-experts a like 
  • A pro-active approach to getting stuff done! 


  • Completed or Studying towards an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science (or a related subject)  

The Offer   

  • A real chance to use any and all areas of your chemistry degree to solve real-world problems  
  • A unique role striding a huge breadth of technologies and sectors 
  • Your work base will be our Global Innovation & Technology Centre, Melbourn, Cambridge 
  • Hybrid/Flexible working approach
  • Full time   
  • Salary potential - £30,500
  • This role will start in Autumn 2024 

Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

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