Research Associate in Physical Chemistry

University College London - UCL Chemistry

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work in the Department of Chemistry at University College London on a project supervised by Prof. Stephen Price. The project involves the continued development of a new piece of high and ultra-high vacuum experimental apparatus to investigate the interactions of radicals with surfaces. The apparatus allows the exploration of the chemistry of these reactive radical species on the cold dust grains found in interstellar clouds. The apparatus involves the generation of ion beams, laser-ion interactions and surface science. The postholder will be expected to drive forward the operation and further development of the radical-surface spectrometer and analyze and report the results of these experiments. 

The post is available for a period of 36 months initially. The appointment is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The appointee must have experience of working in a research environment in experimental physical chemistry/chemical physics. It is essential that the appointee have experience of one or more of the following: ion beam techniques, coincidence spectroscopy, electron-molecule interactions, high vacuum techniques, time-of-flight mass spectrometry, ultra-high vacuum techniques, laser-molecule interactions. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry or a related subject or will have submitted their thesis prior to taking up the position.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 to £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL vacancy reference: 1709716       

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For informal enquiries, please contact Stephen Price –

Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to Judith James -

Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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