Research Associate of Chemistry

University of Cambridge

Research Associate of Chemistry 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Dr Alexander Forse at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

Essential requirement: candidates must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Please detail your solid-state NMR experience in the cover letter.

This project is part of a 5-year ERC starting grant (funded by UKRI) which will develop and study conducting metal-organic framework (MOF) materials for energy storage. Research in the Forse group centers around the development of new materials for climate change mitigation. In this project we will use metal-organic frameworks as model materials for understanding energy storage in nanoporous electrodes. An initial contact of two years is offered with possibility of extension.

The project focus is on carrying out solid-state NMR experiments to study materials structure and energy storage mechanisms in metal-organic frameworks. The selected candidate would also take on responsibilities in managing solid-state NMR in the Forse group, and would help with training team members in NMR techniques. The successful applicant will benefit from access to 400 and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers (Bruker), potentiostats for electrochemistry measurements, gas sorption instruments, and diffraction resources, as required for this project.

We are keen to see as many applications as possible from BAME applicants, women, applicants with diverse gender identities, and other underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences. We encourage good work-life balance, and accommodate flexible working arrangements.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Dr Alexander Forse via email on

Please quote reference MA36811 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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