Research Associate in Supramolecular Coordination Chemistry

Job Description

As part of a recently Leverhulme Trust funded project, “Self-assembled redox-active hosts for amino acids and neurosignaling molecules”, led by Prof Jim A Thomas we seek to recruit a talented postdoctoral researcher with a background in supramolecular chemistry for a multi-disciplinary project aimed at exploiting transition metal-templated self-assembly to construct supramolecular hosts for specific amino acids and biological signalling models in water. Ideally, you should have experience in synthesizing and characterizing polypyridyl d6 metal complexes and associated ligand syntheses. As the targeted hosts will incorporate redox or photoactive moieties to provide a signalling output, previous experience in electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and the characterisation of photo-excited states, particularly in supramolecular architectures, would be an advantage.

General requirements of the posts will involve literature and patent searches, presentation and publishing of findings as necessary and the ability interact effectively as part of a team You are expected to hold an honours first degree (minimum 2:1) in Chemistry and a higher degree (PhD) in a relevant subject area. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, report writing skills, experience of delivering presentations, experience of writing peer-reviewed publications and the ability to adapt and to learn new skills are essential.

What We Offer

● 41 days annual leave (including closure days and Bank Holidays), with the possibility to purchase up to ten additional days.
● Up to 5 days of paid time off to cover emergency caring responsibilities.
● A highly competitive pension scheme.
● Discounts at participating shops and cinemas, and a cycle to work scheme.
● A commitment to your development, with programmes, learning modules and mentoring schemes.
● An inclusive and diverse workplace.
● A commitment to your wellbeing, with confidential emotional support, support for those going through the menopause, experiencing fertility treatment and having a baby, paid leave for IVF treatment and more.
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