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Research Associate/Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry Methodology and Target Synthesis (Fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Chemistry

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th September 2020
Closes: 30th October 2020
Job Ref: SCI487419X1

Location: University Park

Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Interview Date: To be confirmed

As part of an exciting new partnership between University of Nottingham, University of Strathclyde and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), we are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic organic chemist for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow post within the research group of Professor Ross Denton based in the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. This is a highly challenging project in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and requires excellence in contemporary practical skills, preferably demonstrated by your previous publication record. The project will build on previous research from the Denton group and will focus on providing new catalytic reactions designed to overcome current challenges faced by GSK and their application in streamlined syntheses of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Candidates should have experience of preparing high quality supporting data for publications and will be expected to routinely provide metric data on the sustainability performance of the reactions developed in the project.

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties:

  • Undertake the development of new methodology and target synthesis as directed by Professor Ross Denton.
  • Prepare high quality supporting data for publications resulting from the project.
  • Provide metric data on the sustainability performance of the reactions developed in the project as a matter of routine.

Candidates must:

  • Hold a PhD (or expect their PhD award by end2020) in synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Be available to take up the post from the 11th of January 20201.
  • Show demonstrated excellence and productivity in synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Have excellent organisational and good communication and team working skills.

Additional experience in the use of CHEM21 metrics would be useful but not vital for this post. 

It is expected that the successful candidate will work closely with researchers at the University of Strathclyde and GSK and will have an opportunity to undertake a secondment at one or both partner institutions.

The position is offered on a fixed term contract for a period of 2 years 6 months, with full time hours (36.25 hours per week).

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Ross Denton ( note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The School of Chemistry values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about this at and on our website

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