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Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry - Reference Number 1871552



The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,965 to £43,470 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Professor Tom Sheppard in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The post is funded through an EPSRC Grant for a collaborative project between Professor Tom Sheppard (UCL), Professor Andy Whiting (Durham), Professor Henry Rzepa (Imperial College) and Dr Jordi Burés (Manchester). The Research Fellow’s project will be jointly supervised by Professor Sheppard & Professor Whiting. It is anticipated that the project will involve some time on secondment at Durham University as required by the demands of the project.

The postholder will focus on the design, synthesis and evaluation of novel catalysts for direct amidation reactions, as well as the elucidation of the associated reaction mechanisms. The postholder will work alongside collaborators at Imperial College London & the University of Manchester who will carry out DFT calculations and kinetic analysis as part of the same EPSRC-funded project. It is anticipated that the project will also involve interaction with collaborators at major UK chemical companies.

The appointment is for 2.5 years in the first instance, starting in autumn 2020.

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Organic Chemistry with experience in organic synthesis, compound purification and characterisation. Experience in at least one of the following areas is also desirable: organoboron chemistry; elucidation of reaction mechanisms; multi-step organic synthesis; use of of 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy for structural assignment of organic molecules; drafting and submitting papers to peer-reviewed journals; day-to-day supervision of research students. Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479 to £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ and search on Reference Number 1871552

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Sheppard ().

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James – .
Closing Date: 2 October 2020
Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.
Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

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