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Research Associate/Fellow

University of Nottingham - School of Chemistry

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st September 2021
Closes: 28th September 2021
Job Ref: SCI316621

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow to the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, to work under the direction of Prof. Deborah Kays on the synthesis and reactivity of low-coordinate organometallic complexes as part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project entitled “Driving CO Scission and Homologation Reactions Using Organometallic Complexes”. This project is a collaboration between Prof. Deborah Kays, Prof. Jon McMaster, Dr Darren Walsh (University of Nottingham) and Dr David Robinson (Nottingham Trent University). 

The successful candidate will develop a programme of experimental research to undertake scission and homologation reactions of carbon monoxide using highly reactive transition metal complexes, including in-depth analysis of compounds and mechanistic investigations. The candidate will write high quality scientific research articles, present research internally at group meetings and externally at national and international conferences, liaise with academic collaborators, contribute to the supervision of student projects and to the maintenance and smooth running of the research laboratory.

Successful candidates should have a first degree in Chemistry and a PhD (or close to completion) in Inorganic Chemistry or fields strongly aligned with these areas. In addition, candidates should have hands-on experience in synthetic organometallic chemistry, including reactivity and mechanistic investigations, a track record of the characterisation of molecular compounds and an in-depth knowledge of the application of anaerobic chemistry techniques. Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project and a track record of high-quality publications and presentations commensurate with stage of career are also essential.  

The post is available from 1st October 2021 and is fixed term for 36 months. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered.

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 what this means at and on our website at

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Deborah Kays, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Information about the School of Chemistry may be found at

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For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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