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Research Associate in Synthetic Chemistry and Nanomaterials

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Chemistry

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th April 2021
Closes: 15th May 2021
Job Ref: 11371 BR

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on an exciting multidisciplinary project based on synthetic chemistry, nanomaterials and advanced spectroscopies. The 3-year project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, will be co-supervised by Dr Joseph Beames (spectroscopy and computation) and Dr Ian Fallis (materials and characterisation).

The overall focus of the programme is the development of new nanomaterials that can demonstrate efficient energy upconversion properties. Once demonstrated, the project will explore the broader utility and application of these new materials. Experience with a range of synthetic chemistries including organometallics, nanoparticle characterisation, and an interest in the photophysics and applications of luminescent molecules are highly desirable.

Further information is available at the following group webpages:
Prof Simon Pope

For informal enquiries about the role and the Cardiff School of Chemistry, please contact: Prof. Simon Pope (; +44 (0)29 2087 9316).

For further details about working at Cardiff University, please contact: Ms Alison Blake (; +44 (0)29 2087 4805).

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is available from 1 May 2021 for 3 years.

To work for an employer that values and promotes equality of opportunity, please visit and search for vacancy number: 11371BR.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6). We do not anticipate that an appointment be made above £35,845 per annum (Grade 6.32).

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.

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Closing date: Saturday , 15 May 2021
This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

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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