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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Main Group/Organic/Organometallic Chemistry

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th September 2021
Closes: 25th October 2021
Job Ref: 2120

Full time (35 hours per week)

Fixed term for 12 months initially

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate, starting from Jan 1st 2022 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 12 months initially with an option to extend for a further 12 months on mutual agreement.

The Opportunity:

The position will be supervised by Prof. Michael Ingleson and is based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. This position is funded by the ERC through a Consolidator Grant (ECO-ZEN) award to Prof. Ingleson. The successful applicant will join an established team of 9 people funded by this (and other) grants.

This project is part of a larger endeavor studying the fundamental chemistry of boron electrophiles and developing synthetic applications that utilise these species. New stoichiometric/catalytic processes for forming C-B bonds will be targeted in this project building on the group’s expertise (see: This project is at the border of organic and inorganic chemistry and will develop new methodologies that utilize only earth abundant compounds (predominantly simple boron electrophiles). The development of novel routes to form new C-B containing products is of continuing importance due to the considerable synthetic utility of organoboranes in modern chemistry (e.g. the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction and beyond!).

This project requires a highly motivated candidate, ideally with expertise in main group/ organometallic synthesis and/or organic synthesis and a range of key characterization techniques. The candidate should be capable of working under their own initiative and leading a small research team.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A PhD. in Organic or Main group/Organometallic chemistry (or have submitted a thesis before commencement of this post).
  • Expertise in air/moisture sensitive techniques.
  • Extensive experience in standard spectroscopic characterization methods (NMR, IR, MS etc.).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be able to write up research work for publication.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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