Research Associate - 36 Months Fixed Term

University of Bath - Chemistry

An EPSRC-funded postdoctoral research position is available in the area of new methods for nucleophilic borylation in organic synthesis, within the group of Dr Alexander Cresswell at the University of Bath (see 

This project is part of a three-way collaboration on "Nucleophilic Alkaline Earth Boryls: From Conception and Theory to Application" between inorganic (Professor Michael Hill), organic (Dr Alexander Cresswell) and computational (Dr Claire McMullin) groups at the University of Bath.

The research programme will develop new methods for the nucleophilic borylation of organic compounds using alkaline earth boryls. This work builds upon the recent discovery from Hill et al. (Nature Commun. 2017, 8, 15022) that potent and isolable boron nucleophiles are easily generated by heterolytic activation of the B-B bonds of commercially available diboranes e.g. B2pin2 within the coordination sphere of readily accessible organomagnesium complexes. The post holder will form part of an inorganic/organic/computational team focused on devising, understanding and applying highly reactive but practicable boryl nucleophiles to the stoichiometric and catalytic synthesis of unprecedented organic and inorganic species. This position will focus on the application of boryl (pinB) anion nucleophiles in synthetic organic chemistry, including for the nucleophilic C–H borylation of (hetero)arenes.

Previous experience in synthetic organic chemistry, the handling of air-sensitive reagents, and a track record of peer-reviewed publications are essential.

This post is available on a full-time, fixed-term basis. The position is available from 01 April 2018, but the start date can be deferred to 31 July 2018, if necessary.

Applications are submitted through the University of Bath online application form. For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Alexander Cresswell by emailing

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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