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Research Associate in Catalysis (2 positions available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017072

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/01/2022

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Chemistry

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 01 October 2021 until 30 September 2023

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available for outstanding and ambitious chemists to join Prof. Igor Larrosa’s team at the University of Manchester, working on Organic Chemistry and Catalysis.

The Larrosa group’s research interests are in the areas of decarboxylative and C–H activation. The activation of inert C–H bonds and their transformation into versatile functionalities is an exciting field in synthetic organic chemistry that represents an important advance towards atom and step economy. This project will involve the development of novel metal catalysed C–H activation based transformations. In particular, this project aims at the design and development of novel multi-metallic catalytic cycles able to form carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds between two coupling partners via green activation methods, with a particular emphasis on late stage functionalisation.

For some background information on the group’s research read:

- M. Simonetti, D. M. Cannas, X. Just-Baringo, I. J. Vitorica, I. Larrosa Nature Chem. 2018, 10, 724.

- M. Simonetti, R. Kuniyil, S. A. Macgregor, I. Larrosa J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11836.

- G. J. P. Perry, J. M. Quibell, A. Panigrahi, I. Larrosa J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 11527.

- D. Whitaker, J. Bures, I. Larrosa J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8383.

The successful candidates will have a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, with a proven track record in catalysis, organic and/or organometallic chemistry. The positions are full time and available for up to two years, in the first instance. Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Igor Larrosa (

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

Previous applicants need not apply

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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: Prof. Igor Larrosa.


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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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