Research Associate/Fellow in Organic Chemistry

University of Nottingham Department of Chemistry

Research Associate/Fellow in Organic Chemistry (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Monday, 22nd February 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £35845 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD)

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic organic chemist for a Research Associate/Fellow post within the research group of Dr Mattia Silvi based in the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. This is a highly challenging project in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and requires excellence in contemporary practical skills, demonstrated by your previous publication record. This post is part of an EPSRC funded research and will build on previous research from the Silvi group and will focus on the development of novel reactions based on photoredox-radical chemistry. The new radical processes will be applied in target synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients and the late-stage functionalisation of complex molecules.

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties:

  • Undertake with high-level of independence and leadership the development of the new methodology and synthesis under the direction of Dr Mattia Silvi
  • Prepare high quality supporting information for publications resulting from the project
  • Co-supervise undergraduate and/or postgraduate student projects, as appropriate

Candidates must:

  • Hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in organic chemistry
  • Have a proven track record of excellence in organic chemistry and development of novel organic reactions
  • Have excellent organisational, communication and team working skills
  • Be available to take up the post from 1 July 2021

Previous experience in the field of photoredox catalysis and/or radical chemistry are desirable but not essential.

This is a fixed-term post for a period of three years. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share arrangements may be considered.

The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Mattia Silvi ( or Helen Shipman, tel: 0115 9513485 or email Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

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