Research Associate - Radical Solutions for Hysteresis in Lanthanide Single-Molecule Magnets

The University of Manchester - School of Chemistry

Closing Date: 19/12/2016.
Employment Type: Fixed Term.
Duration: 06/02/2017 to 05/02/2020.
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Science & Engineering.
School/Directorate: School of Chemistry.
Division: Inorganic Chemistry Group.
Hours Per week: Full time.
Salary: £31,076 to £38,183 per annum.
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester.
Job Reference: S&E-09212.

This is an opportunity for an outstanding chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic organometallic chemistry applied in molecular magnetism.

The project, funded by the award of an ERC Consolidator Grant to Prof. Richard Layfield, will entail the design and synthesis of new lanthanide single-molecule magnets, in addition to exploring the interactions of these materials with spin-crossover compounds. The position is available from 06 February 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) and runs until 05 February 2020.

You should have, or should be close to completing, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic coordination chemistry with applications in molecular magnetism. Expertise in the synthesis and structural characterisation of air-sensitive compounds (including glove-box techniques), are essential.

Experience in experimental aspects of small-molecule structure determination by X-ray crystallography is also required, from crystal growth to preparation of data for publication.

A good working knowledge of magnetic property measurements – including operation of a SQUID magnetometer – is also required.

Experience of studying spin-crossover materials and photo-excited molecular magnets is highly desirable, and you should have experience of organic chemistry for the purposes of ligand synthesis.

You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CV's or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Richard Layfield


Date of external posting: Friday 18 November 2016

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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