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Research Associate in Synthetic f-element Chemistry
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: S&E-14010

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 01/07/2019

Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Inorganic Chemistry Group

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Starting 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020

An ERC sponsored Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and ambitious synthetic chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic f-element chemistry, focusing on actinide chemistry. As part of a multidisciplinary team you will synthesise a series of geometrically precise f-element complexes. When appropriate, we will analyse the physical properties of these complexes using a wide variety of techniques including SQUID magnetometry and EPR spectroscopy.

For recent publications relevant to the project see: Nature, 2017, 548, 439; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 18714; Nature Chem., 2017, 9, 578.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic organometallic chemistry. Expertise in air sensitive actinide synthesis using Schlenk and glove box techniques and the characterisation of products by single crystal XRD, elemental analysis, cyclic voltammetry, SQUID, UV/Vis, IR, Raman and multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, are all essential. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The start date is 1st October 2019, or soon after, and the position is available for one year.

The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance.  We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.  For further information, please visit
Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Dr David Mills

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.


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