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Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry/Full Professor in Institute of Chemical Sciences

Heriot-Watt University - Institute of Chemical Sciences, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: Professorial minimum £58,655 (salary dependent on experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 9th July 2018
Closes: 16th September 2018
Job Ref: IRC15911

Location: Based at Riccarton Campus, near Edinburgh but with operation internationally

Heriot-Watt University is renowned for leadership in its specialist areas of science, technology, engineering and business and is actively pursuing a strategy of further research intensification, enhancement of the student experience and internationalisation.

To celebrate our 2021 bicentenary of pioneering research, as a University we are seeking 100 research leaders who will transform the world.

As part of this celebration, applications are invited for a Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in the Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS), one of the five Institutes that make up the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Providing a unique opportunity to join a world-leading team, this post will build capacity in organic synthesis and stimulate new multi-investigator research projects within ICS and at its interfaces with applied research in other Institutes within the School. We particularly encourage applications in areas with links to energy materials, including catalysis; and to healthcare technologies, including drug discovery and diagnostics. The Chair will attract considerable infrastructure support and will play a key leadership role, in both Molecular Chemistry and in the strategic direction of ICS and the School as a whole.

Candidates should have a strong track record of internationally high profile and high impact research; a proven ability to attract significant research funding; demonstrable experience of leading a substantial research group; and evidence of willingness to be involved in collaborative research.

The successful applicant will also participate in Heriot-Watt’s high-quality teaching programmes, which consistently achieve outstanding rankings in recognised league tables. Chemistry at Heriot-Watt was top-ranked in Scotland, measured across all questions, in the 2017 UK National Student Survey.

For further information and informal discussions please contact the Head of ICS, Prof Ken McKendrick (

How to Apply

For more information about the role and application details, please see our website

Closing date: 16 Sep 2018 23:00 (UK time)

Interview date: Friday 12th October. Candidates must be available for interview on this date.

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