Research Associate - Physical Organic Chemistry

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Professor Christopher Hunter in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge to work on an ERC programme on Programmable Plastics. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary team of several post-docs and PhD students based in Cambridge combining expertise in supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis, polymer chemistry and computational chemistry.

The aim of the project is to develop new classes of synthetic information molecules that will offer a programmable alternative to the nucleic acids. The appointee will carry out synthetic chemistry to develop monomeric building blocks equipped with H-bond recognition sites. The main focus of the project will then be to examine to duplex forming properties of oligomers of these building blocks and the ability of oligomers to template the synthesis of complementary oligomers. This will involve synthesis, measurement of binding affinities, characterisation of the three-dimensional structures of the complexes and polymerisation reactions. The appointee will also interact with other members of the team working on complementary approaches within the same general framework.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in chemistry. Experience in some or all of organic synthesis, polymer synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and physical organic chemistry is required. The appointee will be expected to give oral presentations on their work, write internal reports and produce draft publications, and relevant communication skills are required. In addition to their own research, the appointee will be expected to take some responsibility for the supervision and training of post-graduate and undergraduate research students and for the day-to-day running of the laboratory.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding applying online for this post, please contact Dr M Cristina Misuraca (

Please quote reference MA10852 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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