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Research Assistant/Associate: Polyoxometalate Chemistry - D230278R

Newcastle University - Natural and Environmental Sciences

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £27,831 to £39,610 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st June 2019
Closes: 30th July 2019
Job Ref: 234819

Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Sub Unit: Enabling Science and Technology

Salary: £27,831 - £29,515 per annum (PhD Near Completion - Assistant Level)
            £30,395 - £39,610 per annum (PhD Awarded - Associate Level)

We are seeking an outstanding post-doctoral researcher with expertise in polyoxometalate (POM) synthesis and characterisation to make a leading contribution to the recently established EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core International Network on Polyoxometalate Science for Advanced Functional Energy Materials. You will explore the synthesis and fundamental chemistry of POMs and POM-based organic-inorganic hybrids with the aim of incorporating these compounds into materials for energy transformation, charge storage or catalysis.

You will collaborate not only with other scientists and engineers in the North East Centre for Energy Materials based at Newcastle University but also with research groups worldwide through the Core-to-Core Network (UK, Japan, France, Germany, China) and a CNRS International POM Research Network (France, UK, Spain, Israel).

You must have a PhD (awarded or near completion) in polyoxometalate chemistry, together with comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within wider polyoxometalate science. As the role will involve some international travel you must hold a valid passport.

The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

The is a full time, fixed term post available for the duration of three years.

Informal enquires can be made to Dr John Errington (

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the community they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

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