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Research Associate in Polymer Mechanochemistry (two posts available)
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-020192

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/11/2022

Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Chemistry

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 2 January 2023 until 1 January 2025

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Two postdoctoral Research Associate positions are available for outstanding and ambitious synthetic chemists to undertake research in the group of Prof. Guillaume De Bo. We have recently investigated the rich array of mechanochemical behaviours displayed by catenanes and rotaxanes (see: J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 12724; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 5029; and J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 5029) and showed that rotaxanes under tension act as a lever that accelerate the dissociation of interlocked covalent bonds, and that catenanes can act as mechanical protecting groups. In this project, funded by the UKRI, we aim at developing new mechanochemical processes using the unique properties of the mechanical bond. For further information about the research group see webpage​​​​​​​

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD (or equivalent) in organic, polymer, or supramolecular chemistry. You should be capable of working independently and as part of a research team, and to collaborate with researchers outside your field, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

As this role involves research at a postgraduate level, applicants who are not an EEA national or a national of an exempt country and who will require sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route of the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) Points Based System in order to take up the role, will be required to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate and will need to obtain this prior to making any official visa application UKVI)

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department 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 achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

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 Guillaume De Bo


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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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