Research Fellow in Polymer Chemistry

University of Leeds - School of Chemistry - Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in polymer chemistry in its broadest sense? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive universities?

As Research Fellow in Polymer Chemistry you will join an EPSRC-funded team focused on developing next generation polymer electrolyte materials for use in batteries. You will assist the Investigators in delivering this research programme by focussing on the design and synthesis of a systematic series of polymers to be assessed for use as solid polymer electrolytes.  

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are of key importance in energy storage applications including portable electronics and the electrification of transport. The use of Li-ion batteries is predicted to grow substantially in the future, but to meet the demands for higher energy density, better safety, longer life-times and more efficient processing and manufacture, transformational research is needed.

The Enabling next generation lithium batteries project is a major £6.7 million five-year collaborative research programme, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and bringing together collaborative research groups at the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London and Bath. At the University of Leeds, Dr. Johan Mattsson leads efforts to delineate the underlying polymer physics that determine the ion transport in polymer electrolytes and use this knowledge to design new polymer-based solid electrolytes. This new post will focus on the design and preparation of novel solid polymer electrolytes to allow systematic analysis of structure, function relationships and ultimately predictive polymer electrolyte design.  

You will be part of The Wilson Group, in the School of Chemistry and work closely with the Mattsson Group in the  School of Physics and Astronomy with access to a superb infrastructure for research in synthetic polymer chemistry, including synthetic laboratories, NMR equipment, Advanced Polymer Characterization (APC), DSC, rheology, broadband dielectric spectroscopy, light scattering together with state of the art online resources.

Your application for this post should include:

  • a supporting statement providing evidence to support each requirement listed on the "What will you bring to this role" section of the Candidate Brief (no more than 2 sides of A4, minimum font sixe 11); and
  • an academic curriculum vitae including a list of your publications.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Andrew Wilson, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1409, Email: 

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Chemistry
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a. Due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made above £34,520
Working Time: 37.5
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months from July 2018)

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