As our most recent recruit we asked Ben Johnson to reflect on his first job since leaving university.
Having graduated from the University of Birmingham with a master’s degree in chemistry in July 2018 I was eager to get straight into the workplace to put my knowledge and experience to use. Being located in my home county of Cornwall, PV3 Technologies caught my attention when I saw a vacancy advertised. Having studied chemistry with the intent of working in green chemistry, the position at PV3 Technologies was the ideal opportunity for me, as the main focus within the company is materials for clean energy, ranging from fuel cells to batteries, to water electrolysers.
Just 6 months in and I have been part of, and seen the end of, a variety of projects. From the very beginning I was given the responsibility of quality checking a variety of catalysts, using techniques developed by my new colleagues and before long I was synthesising multiple catalysts for the innovation team to analyse and build on. It was great to be part of the team that manufactured the first commercial-scale batch of a new catalyst we’d developed. Despite my short time working at the company, I feel like from the first day I have had an impact within PV3 Technologies.
The whole innovation team is incredibly helpful and willing to help with any issues and questions I have, no matter how small or obvious the answer may seem. Joining and becoming a valued member of the team has been very easy due to both the friendliness of everybody, and the professional nature of the company.
It’s still a little hard to believe that a world leading company like PV3 Technologies is based in my home county. I feel honoured to be part of this team.