Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Functional Inorganic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated and ambitious Research Fellow in the area of functional inorganic coatings to work on industry-led projects arising from the partnership between Southampton chemistry and the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC). This is primarily an industry-facing role that will allow us to respond quickly and flexibly to the requirements of our industrial partners across a range of sectors where inorganic coatings can find application (e.g. energy, photocatalysis, electronics).

The University of Southampton is an institution in the top one per cent of world universities* and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities with an international reputation for research, teaching, and enterprise activities. * QS World University Rankings 2012-13.

Southampton is one of the best places in the UK for chemistry teaching and research. Chemistry at Southampton has a national and international reputation for excellence. We provide unique services such as the UK's National X-ray Crystallography Service, which supports and develops world-leading research in chemistry, biochemistry, and the physical sciences.

The objective of KCMC is to connect the academics in the 6 partner universities with industry, facilitate discussion to identify and match industry needs with potential academic solutions, and delivering on collaboration. KCMC is hosted by the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) which gives access to a wide range of technical expertise and facilities enabling assessment and scale up of technical solutions and new technology. 

This post is suitable for chemists, materials scientists, or those working in a closely-related discipline with a strong background and broad experience in deposition and characterisation techniques relevant to thin films, who have or may be looking to gain experience working with industrial partners. The appointed project scientist will also work closely with CPI to build new strategic and technological links with Southampton chemistry in inkjet printing technology for materials.

The post is for 12 months duration from March 2018. 

For informal enquiries before submitting your application, contact Dr Darren Bradshaw (

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality. The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity, or adoption leave, disability or illness. Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Elsa Samwell (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 947317EB on all correspondence.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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