Postdoctoral Research Associate in Inorganic Nanomaterial Synthesis

University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Inorganic Nanomaterial Synthesis to work under the supervision of Professor Charlotte Williams on a research project for a period of 24 months.  This is part of a large-scale project aimed at preparing and using inorganic nanomaterials in photo-redox catalysis to deliver new dense energy carriers. The project is funded by Shell and involves close collaboration with research groups at Imperial College London (Geoff Kelsall in Chemical Engineering and Milo Shaffer in Materials).

Find out more about the Williams research group at

You should hold a PhD in chemistry or materials science or have submitted a PhD prior to taking up your appointment. The candidate should have expertise in synthesis as applied to organometallic chemistry or inorganic nanomaterials. You should have the ability to work with reagents and materials using anaerobic techniques, such as Schlenk lines or nitrogen filled glove boxes and characterize products using spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction methods. Be able to work independently and to contribute scientific leadership in the project.

You are expected to manage your own academic research and administrative activities, and to coordinate work to meet specified deadlines, test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate and contribute ideas for new research projects.

The overall project is in collaboration with groups at Imperial College London and with Shell, as such strong communication, team-work and organization skills are essential. 

The post will be based in the Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TA.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 8 January 2018. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

The University of Oxford and the Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN Silver award holders.  Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in Chemistry research posts in Oxford.

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