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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Polymer/Exactymer Synthesis

Queen Mary University of London - School of Engineering and Materials Science

Location: London
Salary: £34,733 to £45,479 per annum (Grade 4)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: QMUL26131
 

About the Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Professor Andrew Livingston to investigate the membrane-assisted synthesis of synthetic polymers with exactly defined monomer sequences, using the Nanostar Sieving, a new liquid-phase synthesis technique developed in the Livingston Group. We call these polymers “Eactymers” and they have exciting potential applications in healthcare and information storage. This programme of work is funded by an ERC Advanced Grant.

About You

The successful candidate will seek to develop the chemistry for iterative chain extension of synthetic polymers, including, PEGs, purifying the growing polymers by organic solvent nano-filtration. This involves growing the polymers on a soluble hub molecule, to which 2 or more growing polymers are attached. In the first instance the new PDRA will synthesise hub molecules, monomers and polymers, with reactions and separations on 1-10g scale. They will work on applications of these polymers in information storage and healthcare. They will also be expected to participate in peptide, oligosaccharide and oligonucleotide polymer programmes.

The successful candidate will have a background in organic synthesis, preferably polymer synthesis, and possess a thorough knowledge of protecting group strategies and functional group interconversions. Experience of bio-conjugation chemistry would also be useful. They will have a fluent understanding of chemical analytical techniques.

About the School

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45. The staff and student body are international in make-up.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

Benefits

We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at Mile End. It is full time, fixed term for 1 year with the potential to be extended, with an expected start date of November 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 4/5, in the range of £34,733-£45,479 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Andrew Livingston at a.livingston@qmul.ac.uk

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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