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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainable Polymers and Polymer Chemistry

University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 Grade 7 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd May 2019
Closes: 28th June 2019
Job Ref: 140951

Chemistry Research Laboratory, Mansfield Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work under the supervision of Charlotte Williams and funded by an Oxford Martin School grant (The Future of Plastics), for a period of up to 24 months. The project involves both technical, laboratory research to make more sustainable plastics and team-work within a multi-disciplinary collaboration examining economic, life cycle and legal aspects of implementing new sustainable plastics. 

You will need expertise in polymer chemistry and in the synthesis, characterisation and material property evaluation of new polymers. You will also need teamwork and leadership skills and be interested to work with postdoctoral researchers on the same grant working in the smith school of economics and the environment (Cameron Hepburn) and law (Catherine Redgewell). This project objectives are to understand the options to improve sustainability for plastics and to propose pathways to change this sector.

For more information on the activities of the Williams group in this field please see:

Applicants must hold a PhD in polymerisation catalysis or polymer chemistry (or be close to completion). You should have experience in the preparation of polymers, green chemistry and polymer property evaluation. Experience of interdisciplinary collaboration, either in academic or industrial contexts, is desirable. Experience of polymer (bio)degradation or of thermoplastic elastomers is desirable. Main duties include manage own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. Undertake comprehensive and systematic literature reviews and write up the results for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters.

The post will be based in the Department of Chemistry, 12 Mansfield Road, OX1 3TA and is available from the 1 October 2019.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Friday 28 June 2019. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

The University of Oxford and the Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN Silver award holders. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in Chemistry research posts in Oxford. 

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