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Open vacancy: Informatics Modeller at Unilever UK

Job Title: Informatics Modeller

Location: Port Sunlight R&D


To help drive and develop a range of physical science, informatics and soft matter modelling approaches in our Digital R&D (DRD) organisation that will impact across our research and development sites and ensure that the science and technology developed translates directly to the business.

Unilever is a leading multi-national “Fast Moving Consumer Goods” company, with world leading brands such as Dove, Axe, Surf, Comfort, Knorr, and Magnum.

It has extensive R&D facilities around the globe with a mission to build brands through world-class innovation by unlocking science and technology.

To meet the sustainable business growth challenges of the next decade, Unilever R&D aims to transform its approach to scientific discovery and product development, through a Digital Transformation program.

The Digital R&D team is helping to lead this transformation through advanced applications involving modelling and analytics skills to drive speed, efficiency and connectivity. This includes the development and application of leading edge machine learning, modelling, simulation, statistics & data science expertise.

The focus of the Formulation modelling team is to provide leading edge mechanistic and data driven insights into ingredient chemistry and formulation physics along with the behaviours of these formulations in real use situations. Work is interdisciplinary, highly networked through project activities with our business groups and our external network of science partner universities.

The products and brands we support span all Unilever Business Groups: Home Care, Beauty & Wellness, Personal Care, Ice Cream and Nutrition.

We are looking for a creative and entrepreneurial modeler who wants to help us to deliver in both our immediate and long-term ambitions.

You will enjoy learning, combining methods and tackling new challenges as well as engaging with scientist partners to devise new ideas. You will have a passion to learn about our product technologies and in seeing your models contributing to our business.

The ideal candidate will bring their core skills and a desire to adapt and learn to help find opportunities for formulation and product optimisation.

A background in materials related physical chemistry will provide a solid foundation.

Coupling this with informatics, machine learning or soft matter molecular modelling approaches is required.

A core advantage would be skills and interests in working with a wide range of stakeholders and teams. Ideal candidates will be able to show a passion for learning, discovering solutions and in communicating their new ideas with energy and clarity.


Engage in one or more areas of modelling and apply to Unilever physical science domains using and learning to combine expertise in any one of informatics, machine learning methods or soft matter modelling / simulation.

Help co-ordinate selected external modelling activities, translate, steer direction and act to support most effective dissemination of outcomes and actions.

Work in partnership with Program Leaders to formulate applied research, articulate milestones and deliver them on time.

Input into and help develop the scientific strategy for selected modelling themes.

Embrace the global way of working across Unilever R&D sites, promoting global mindset and collaboration.

Promote the internal dissemination of results and ideas and bank them through reporting, external publication and IP opportunities arising.

Support democratization of models and ensure the right models are developed to work in practice (suitable for our fast-paced environment).


A PhD or equivalent in Physical chemistry / Materials Chemistry with a demonstrated understanding in any physical science related modelling using informatics, machine learning, or soft matter molecular simulation.

Track record of delivery.

The ability to work effectively across multiple sites and functions.

The ability to present and communicate in a compelling, efficient and effective manner, even outside the R&D audience

What we offer

Whilst the role is advertised on a full-time basis, we would be happy to discuss possible flexible working options and what this may look like for you. We strive to achieve a family-friendly and inclusive workplace 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. We are also more than happy to provide reasonable adjustments during our application and interview process to enable you to be present your best self. To find out more, including about our Employee Resource Groups, please click here Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Unilever | Unilever.


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