Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Chemical Engineering

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Prof Andrew Livingston within the Department of Chemical Engineering to investigate the membrane-assisted synthesis of mono-disperse heteropolymers.

The successful candidate will seek to develop the chemistry for iterative chain extension cycles of sequence-defined polymers, then purify the growing polymers by organic solvent nano-filtration.  In the first instance, you will synthesise sequence-defined, high molecular weight (> 5 kDa) polyethers, with reactions and separations on 1-100 g scale.  You will also be expected to participate in peptide, oligonucleotide and oligosaccharide programs.

You will have a background in organic synthesis, preferably polymer synthesis, ideally bio-polymers, and possess a thorough knowledge of protecting group strategies and functional group interconversions. Experience of bio-conjugation chemistry would also be useful. You will have a fluent understanding of chemical analytical techniques and should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to exercise initiative and judgement in carrying out research tasks.

You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in organic chemistry or a closely related discipline.

The post is available immediately.  The appointment is for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension.  The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Piers Gaffney (

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG00308

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Mrs Sneha Saunders (

Closing date: Sunday 13th May 2018

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