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Research Associate in Dynamic Metal-Organic Frameworks

Cardiff University - Cardiff School of Chemistry

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on a synthetic and analytical chemistry project within the research programme “Photogated nanofluidics: from single crystal diffusion control to water purification”. This 12 month position is funded by the Royal Society and Cardiff University and will be supervised by Dr Timothy Easun in the School of Chemistry, with the support of the Cardiff University Water Research Institute.

The overall focus of the programme is to synthesise new and existing stimuli-responsive and structurally dynamic metal-organic frameworks that can selectively and efficiently be employed for water purification.

The project has two aims. The first is to continue our work investigating the fundamentals of guest diffusion and flow within microporous metal-organic frameworks, with particular focus on photoresponsive materials. The second aim is applied, exploiting these materials in water purification systems that can extract toxic ions from water, using light to drive material regeneration.

The project will accelerate synthesis of new materials, perform scale-up and testing, and assist in the publication of existing and new results. The Research Associate will take a leading role in design, synthesis and testing of the most promising materials to emerge from the programme, developing both our fundamental understanding of guest flow and diffusion in nanoconfinement and the application of our materials to the extraction of contaminants from water.

Applicants must hold a postgraduate degree at PhD level in the fields of either metal-organic frameworks or relevant supramolecular photochemistry, or equivalent, or relevant industrial experience.

Further information is available at the following group webpage:
Dr Timothy Easun 

For informal enquiries about the role and the Cardiff School of Chemistry, please contact Dr Timothy Easun: e-mail

For further details about working at Cardiff University, please contact Ms Alison Blake (; 02920 874805).

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is available immediately for 12 months.

To work for an employer that values and promotes equality of opportunity, please visit and search for vacancy number: 11369BR.

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.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 11369BR.

Closing date: Wednesday, 19 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.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:”

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum (Grade 6). We do not anticipate that an appointment be made above £35, 845 per annum (Grade 6.32).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st April 2021
Closes: 19th May 2021
Job Ref: 11369BR
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