Research Associate in Inorganic Chemistry

Imperial College London Department of Chemistry

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in inorganic chemistry for a research project in the area of asymmetric air-sensitive main-group synthesis and catalysis. You will work within a team supervised by Dr. F. Mark Chadwick (www.chadwickresearch.com). The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust on a research grant entitled ‘weakly coordinating chiral anions’. This blue-skies project focuses on asymmetric main-group synthesis and...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00727
  • Date posted 15 July 2020
  • Closing date 15 August 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemistry
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in inorganic chemistry for a research project in the area of asymmetric air-sensitive main-group synthesis and catalysis. You will work within a team supervised by Dr. F. Mark Chadwick (www.chadwickresearch.com).

The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust on a research grant entitled ‘weakly coordinating chiral anions’. This blue-skies project focuses on asymmetric main-group synthesis and will be launching a new research area.

You will work on devising a synthetic route to new weakly coordinating chiral anions, and their subsequent characterisation and applications. You will use standard air-sensitive Schlenk and glovebox techniques in the synthesis and application of these new species.

You will need to develop enantio-separation protocols to furnish enantiopure products. With enantiopure products in hand, the applications of these new weakly coordination chiral anions will be investigated, including their use in asymmetric catalysis.

Duties and responsibilities

Your primary responsibility will be to undertake the research project above. This will include devising synthetic strategy, undertaking the experimental work and preparing results for dissemination. You would also be expected to take a leadership and mentoring role within the laboratory, guiding more junior members of the group

For a full list of duties see the job description.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience) in Chemistry.

Experience of synthetic organometallic or main-group chemistry, including the manipulation of air-sensitive compounds (e.g. Schlenk and glovebox techniques) is essential.

Experience in a range of analytical tools including multinuclear NMR, infrared and UV-Vis spectroscopy and mass spectrometry is also essential. Experience in chiral synthesis/catalysis is strongly desirable. Experience in DFT calculations is desirable.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare articles for publication in international peer-reviewed scientific journals is essential. An ideal candidate would also show evidence of leadership within a laboratory, including mentoring more junior members of a research group.

For a full list of requirements see the full job description.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

The Department of Chemistry has recently (August 2018) moved to a state-of-the-art laboratory (the Molecular Sciences Research Hub) in White City, London. This research is funded by a 24-month Leverhulme Trust Research Grant. Ideally the post will start on 1st October 2020.

The Chadwick research group began in 2019 and focuses on the design and synthesis of new catalytic systems. We are interested in using a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of catalysts to improve design and efficacy.

Candidates should submit their application online. Applications should consist of a short summary of your research career to date (no more than 1 page), a CV (including publication list) and names and contact details of two referees.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Dr F. Mark Chadwick directly (m.chadwick@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Any appointment is subject to Imperial College London requirements and receipt of references.

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