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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Metal Cluster Reaction Dynamics

University of Oxford - Department of Chemistry

Location: Oxford
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2021
Closes: 15th October 2021
Job Ref: 153229

Applications are invited for a full time Postdoctoral Research Associate in Metal Cluster Reactivity to work under the supervision of Professor Stuart Mackenzie from 1st November 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for a period of 2 years with the possibility of renewal.

Based in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, in the group of Professor Stuart Mackenzie this role is focused on Reactive Scattering for Catalysis. It will involve close collaboration, including research visits, with the groups of Professor Ken McKendrick, Professor Matt Costen, Dr Stuart Greaves and Professor Martin Paterson at Heriot-Watt University as well as those of Professors Mark Brouard and Claire Vallance in Oxford.

This project will involve the IR spectroscopy and reaction dynamics of gas-phase transition metal clusters and ion-molecule (metal-ligand) complexes. One major goal will be the development of new molecular beam instruments to study mode-selective chemistry of small molecules with transition metal clusters and/or ion-molecule (metal-ligand) complexes. Reactivity will be studied as a function of cluster size, charge, composition and collision energy, with sensitive mass spectrometric detection.

This project forms part of the EPSRC Programme Grant “New Directions in Molecular Scattering” joint between the University of Oxford and Heriot-Watt University. The project will involve opportunity for close collaboration with other participating research groups.

The Mackenzie group has strong collaborative links with several European groups (Fielicke, Dopfer in in Berlin and Beyer, Innsbruck) and it is anticipated that the successful applicant will also participate in these projects.

Find out more about the Mackenzie research and group at and information on the wider Programme Grant at:

Applicants must hold a PhD in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics or a relevant subject area, (or be close to completion) prior to taking up appointment. The research requires experience in some of the following areas: gas-phase laser spectroscopy, reaction dynamics, molecular beams, quantum chemical calculations, gas-phase cluster generation . You will be expected to manage your own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. Certificates, references and research papers should not be provided at this stage.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday, Friday 15 October 2021. Interviews are expected be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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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