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Research Fellow in Experimental Crystallization

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

Location: Leeds
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th February 2019
Closes: 25th March 2019
Job Ref: MAPCH1110

Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 p.a. Due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made above £34,189 p.a.

Working Time: 37.5 hours - we will consider job share/flexible working arrangements

Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years (with possible extension, subject to funding) - due to external funding)

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in crystallization? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

We are looking for an outstanding Research Fellow to join a research project based in the group of Professor Fiona Meldrum in the School of Chemistry. The project is part of a new £5.6M EPSRC funded Programme Grant that brings together a team of researchers including three experimental groups and five modelling groups from UCL and the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and Warwick. There are multiple opportunities to collaborate, take part in network events and undertake research placements within this project.

The overall goal of the consortium is to develop new ways to control crystallization by combining cutting-edge experiment and modelling to understand the mechanisms that determine how inorganic crystals nucleate and grow.

The position at Leeds will focus on the effects of confinement on crystal nucleation and growth. Crystallization in the real world often occurs within small volumes rather than bulk solution, where thus can have significant effects on crystallization from solution, controlling polymorph and orientation, and retarding crystallization rates by orders of magnitude. However, the origins of these effects are poorly understood. Here, you will carry our systematic studies of the effects of confinement on inorganic crystals using environments including controlled pores glasses and nanotubes. A wide range of techniques including solid state NMR, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray and electron tomography will be employed. Coupled with the insight provided by the modelling groups, this work delivers an enhanced understanding of how confinement affects crystallization, which will ultimately enable us to exploit confinement in order to control crystallization.

You will have a PhD (or will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in Physical Sciences or a closely related field, and you will have a background in the experimental study of crystallization.

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

Professor Fiona Meldrum, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6414; email: 

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