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Research Associate in Catalysis and Computational Modelling

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Chemistry

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 14th October 2018
Job Ref: 7818BR

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on two new UK Catalysis Hub projects. The 2-year project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is part of the UK catalysis Hub.

Catalysis is a core area of contemporary science posing major fundamental and conceptual challenges, while being at the heart of the chemical industry - an immensely successful and important part of the overall UK economy (generating in excess of £50 billion per annum). UK catalytic science currently has a strong presence, but there is intense competition in both academic and industrial sectors, and a need for UK industrial activity to shift towards new innovative areas posing major challenges for the future. In light of these challenges the UK Catalysis Hub was established in 2013 and has become a leading institution, both nationally and internationally, in the field and acts to coordinate, promote and advance the UK catalysis research portfolio. With a strong emphasis on effective use of the world-leading facilities on the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) campus, Oxford. This research associate post is part of the second phase of EPSRC funding for the UK Catalysis Hub.

The project will focus on energy-efficient catalytic advanced oxidation processes for water and waste water treatment as part of the wider hub network.

Applicants must hold a degree at PhD level in heterogeneous catalysis or relevant scientific discipline, or relevant industrial experience.

Further information is available at the following group webpages:
Prof Graham Hutchings:
Prof Richard Catlow:

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Professor Graham Hutchings: e-mail; Tel. +44 (0)2920 874059.

For further details about the School of Chemistry and working at Cardiff University, please contact Ms Alison Blake (; 02920 874805).

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is available from 1 December 2018 for 2 years. 

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 7818BR.

Closing date: Sunday, 14 October 2018

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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