Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Advanced Materials (fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Inorganic Chemistry

Location: University Park
Salary: £29,799 to £31,604 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

This is a multidisciplinary post focussed upon developing greener routes towards polymers and inorganic materials for use in personal care applications. The project will be directed by Prof. Steve Howdle ( and will be very closely linked with an industry partner. The project focuses on the clean synthesis of polymers and inorganic materials by use of supercritical carbon dioxide.

Candidates should have a first class honours degree (or equivalent) and have completed a relevant doctorate. In addition, candidates should have a proven ability in innovative and effective experimental research in polymer chemistry, templated materials and the characterisation of micro- and nanostructured objects with electron microscopy. Specifically, the desired candidate must have experience in the following areas: polymer synthesis (e.g. controlled radical, polycondensation, ring opening, etc.), use of supercritical carbon dioxide for polymer synthesis and processing. Experience in polymer self-assembly and micro- and nanostructure characterisation via a range of techniques including x-ray scattering, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Good knowledge and skills in the templating of polymeric materials into inorganic structures including use of sol-gel chemistry. 

Also essential are good communication skills, the ability to collaborate effectively with senior and junior colleagues and a good publication track record in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with the stage of career. Attention will also be paid to the candidate’s experience in the supervision and coordination of masters and PhD level students in the laboratory and/or behind the scenes.

The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about what this means at and on our website

This job is based on a full time, fixed-term contract for a period of 18 months. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Steve Howdle, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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