Research feeds the commercial operations of Johnson Matthey and ensures that we remain at the cutting edge of technology


The research part of the company works closely with our various businesses and their customers to develop the products that will keep us ahead of our competitors.

We create partnerships with customers and academic institutions so that our work is targeted on real needs and business opportunities for the future.

Our research and technology centres are well equipped and we invest in new facilities as business requires.

The growth of our worldwide businesses depends on the constant flow of new ideas

Central research is carried out at our corporate research centres at Sonning Common, Oxfordshire, UK and at Billlingham, UK. This work overlaps with the research carried out in the R&D facilities within each of our divisions and all our research is commissioned with eventual commercialisation and exploitation in mind.

The growth of our worldwide businesses depends on the constant flow of new ideas and we continue to invest in the equipment, analytical instrumentation and of course the people needed to deliver the science that will take us forward. Johnson Matthey also has high technology research facilities in the USA and Japan.

How you start out

You will take individual responsibility for part of a current project. You will deal with internal and external customers and face challenging technical and commercial issues. You'll be encouraged to develop the skills that most interest you while contributing to the effectiveness of our business.

As you progress, you can develop your career in a number of different directions. There could be opportunities to export your expertise – and yourself – to other parts of the world.

Who are we looking for?

We take people with a first degree or PhD, usually in physical and inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering or materials science.

You'll need the self motivation and confidence to get on with project work in an open and flat structure, as well as the common sense to know when to ask for help. You'll also have the flexibility to expand beyond your specialist field or primary discipline.