Research Associate in Semiconducting Polymer Synthesis

Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry

Fixed Term appointment, initially for 12 Months

A Research Associate position in synthetic polymer chemistry is currently available within the group of Professor Iain McCulloch at Imperial College, London. This is a highly interdisciplinary post focussed upon the synthesis and characterisation of novel organic semiconducting materials (small molecules and polymers) for organic electronic applications including solar cells, transistors, spintronics, photocatalysis and bioelectronics. You will join part of a globally diverse group of post-docs, PhDs and Masters students in a well-resourced laboratory. You will be expected to interact with fabrication and measurement collaborators, as well as undertake materials characterization on the materials you have synthesised. There is also the opportunity to supervise research students (MSci and PhD), manage external collaborations (including a European collaborative project), and present your work at international conferences.

You will have a PhD (or be about to obtain one) or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience in the field of Organic Polymer Chemistry. You will also have experience in organic electronic semiconducting polymers for solar cell or transistor applications, along with an understanding of state of the art metal mediated aromatic carbon – carbon coupling reactions and polymerisation strategies for the synthesis of conjugated oligomers and polymers. Candidates with an exceptionally strong organic synthesis background with a proven publishing record may be considered.

Applications are encouraged from candidates who have demonstrated an ability to design high performing solution processable organic semiconductors. Candidates should have demonstrated the ability to draft manuscripts, deliver presentations and manage projects.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

These are exciting times for the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London with it being (from 2018) the first academic department to occupy research space on the College’s innovative new White City campus. The Department of Chemistry proudly holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and strives to provide a working environment where all our staff feel fully supported to flourish and excel. The Department of Chemistry is committed to promoting the wide range of Family Friendly policies and associated initiatives offered by the College. 

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Iain McCulloch (Chair in polymer chemistry) at:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS 2017 194 SG into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and list of publications.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Agnes Lee, Section Administrator, on 020 7594 9852 or email

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. The Department of Chemistry is also an Athena Gold Swan Award Winner.

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

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