Research Associate in Sustainable Catalysis

Imperial College London Department of Chemistry

United Kingdom

Job summary

Applicants are invited for a two-year research associate position within the Crimmin Research Group at Imperial College. This role will be held at our state-of-the-art laboratories in the Molecular Science Research Hub building in west London. You will work alongside a dynamic team of researchers that span synthetic chemistry and computational modelling. The project aims to develop and understand new types of catalysts for reactions that...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01332
  • Date posted 18 November 2022
  • Closing date 15 December 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location White City Campus - On site only
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £43,093 – £44,876 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemistry
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Applicants are invited for a two-year research associate position within the Crimmin Research Group at Imperial College. This role will be held at our state-of-the-art laboratories in the Molecular Science Research Hub building in west London. You will work alongside a dynamic team of researchers that span synthetic chemistry and computational modelling.

The project aims to develop and understand new types of catalysts for reactions that transfer fluorine atoms or small fluorine containing groups (e.g. HF or F2) between organic molecules. This is a highly challenging concept as it requires the development of catalytic systems that both break and make carbon–fluorine bonds in a single reaction sequence. The projects build upon recently published work from the group (Org. Lett. 2020, 9351; ACS Catal. 2022, 3411). The long-term vision of this project is to develop new sustainable approaches to re-use fluorine containing molecules such as refrigerant HFCs and HFOs and fluorinated polymers.

Further details about the group including our research interests, publications, group members, and outreach activities can be found here on our website: crimmingroup.org.

Duties and responsibilities

Your key duties and responsibilities will be (i) the undertaking of original research, (ii) mentorship of more junior lab members, (iii) contribution to manuscripts and research proposals based on your research, and (iv) supporting and developing a safe, friendly, and supportive research environment with the research team.

Essential requirements

    • Applicants should hold a degree in a Science or Engineering subject and a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related discipline.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication in international scientific journals.
    • Applicants will have experience with synthetic chemistry, including organic methodology.
    • Applicants will have experience with a range of analytical methods such as multinuclear NMR, infrared and UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry and mass spectrometry.
    • Experience using computational methods (DFT) and physical chemistry (kinetics) to carry out mechanistic analysis of chemical reactions is desired, though not essential.

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for 2 years, based at White City Campus.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

Please complete an application form as directed, also providing a CV.

Should you have any queries about the role please contact: Prof. Mark R. Crimmin, m.crimmin@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research


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