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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Solid State Chemistry

University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 p.a. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th August 2021
Closes: 4th October 2021
Job Ref: 152990

Location: Department of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work under the supervision of Professor Simon J Clarke on a research project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a period of 24 months in the first instance. The project is entitled “Exploiting the anion Chemistry of solids for Future Advanced Functional Materials: Core-to-Core Project on Mixed Anion Research for Energy Conversion” and is an exploration of the synthesis, structures, chemistry and physical properties of solids containing multiple anions, for example oxide chalcogenides and oxide pnictides of transition metals and main group metals. It is part of a collaboration with an international team coordinated by Prof. H Kageyama in Kyoto under the JSPS/EPSRC Core-to-Core collaborative programme. 

Find out more about the Clarke research group at Simon Clarke group

The role will include chemical synthesis, powder and single crystal diffraction, magnetometry, transport measurements, supervision of graduate and masters students and there will be opportunities to drive the research direction, lead experimental teams at international facilities (e.g. the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS pulsed neutron and muon facility), and coordinate elements of the collaboration with other groups.

You should have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry or a related subject area, (or be near to completion). You should have expertise in synthetic inorganic/materials chemistry. You should be able to perform chemical synthesis using a wide range of techniques, interpret crystallographic data and spectroscopic and physical property measurements, and be willing to learn new techniques related to these.

The duties will include testing hypotheses, analysing and reviewing scientific data, and managing your own academic research and administrative activities, including small scale project management, and coordination of the multiple aspects of the work in order to meet deadlines.

The post will be based in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR and is available immediately.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application, and provide details of two academic referees. Candidates are kindly requested to upload only the requested documents at this stage, certificates, and references should not be provided at this stage.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon, Monday, 4th October 2021. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter, either in person or online. 

The University of Oxford is a Bronze Athena SWAN holder and the Department of Chemistry is a Silver award holder.  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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