Research Associate / Fellow in Aromatic Organic Materials Synthesis

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Aromatic Organic Materials Synthesis (Fixed term)

Reference -SCI039320
Closing Date -Tuesday, 10th March 2020
Job Type -Research
Department -Chemistry
Salary -£27511 to £32817 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD).

We seek to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic organic chemist for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow post within the research group of Prof Simon Woodward ( at the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory of the School of Chemistry. The successful candidate will work on a Leverhulme Trust funded project involving the preparation of new types of aromatic compounds for eventual organic electronic materials applications. However, at this stage the project is synthetic chemistry based and would best suit candidates from a synthetic organic chemistry with experience of organometallic reagent use. Excellence in contemporary practical skills demonstrated by publication record will be required. The project will build on 2017-2018 work by Woodward and co-workers in DOI: 10.1002/chem.201701170 and DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.8b01770.

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties:

  • Undertake organic synthesis towards the proposed aromatic targets directed by and in direct collaboration with Simon Woodward.
  • Prepare high quality supporting data for publications resulting from the project.
  • Provide high quality pure samples to Woodward group collaborators interested in defining the electronic and other properties of compounds resulting from the project.

Candidates must:

  • Hold a PhD (or expect their PhD award in early 2020) in synthetic organic or chemistry with experience of organometallic chemistry. Alternatively, a PhD in organometallic chemistry with clear expertise in organic synthesis will be acceptable.
  • Be available to take up the post from 1st May 2020.
  • Show demonstrated excellence and productivity in synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Have good organisational, communication and team working skills.

Additional experience in the synthesis of organic materials would be useful but not vital for this post.

This role is available on a fixed term contract for a period of 1 year and 8 months. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours).

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. You can read more about what this means at on our website

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Simon Woodward ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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