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Chair in Synthetic Chemistry

Lancaster University - Department of Chemistry

Location: Lancaster
Salary: Professorial - minimum £67,279
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 14th November 2021
Job Ref: A3556

Interview Date: 6 December 2021

Contract: Indefinite

The Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University seeks to appoint a Professor of Synthetic Chemistry to carry out world-leading research, as well as contribute to teaching and academic leadership.

The Department currently consists of a core complement of more than 20 members of academic staff and a thriving community of post-doctoral researchers and PGR students, based in three research groups: Chemical Synthesis, Physical & Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Theory & Computation. We welcome applications that complement our existing research strengths and can build on our productive research collaborations across the University.

Applications are invited from across the whole spectrum of synthetic chemistry in the broadest sense, especially those who cross traditional boundaries. Suitable candidates’ research interests (while likely to be applied to real-world challenges) should be focussed on the synthesis of new molecules or macromolecules and/ or the development of new synthetic methodology (including catalysis). The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to grow a world leading programme of research at Lancaster University, sustained by funding from a range of sources. They will also take a lead in the organisation of the research efforts and profile of the Chemical Synthesis group which covers a wide range of synthetic chemistries.

Instrumental research facilities available in the Department include: NMR (multi-nuclear solution, as well as 400 & 700 MHz solid state), EPR, mass spectrometry (including high resolution mass spectrometry), single crystal & powder X-ray diffractometers, steady state & time resolved fluorescence spectrometers, CD spectrometer, AFM and SEM.

Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate an active interest in the teaching of synthetic chemistry as part of a modern degree, be keen to develop its profile and able to represent and support the interests of the Chemical Synthesis group within and beyond Lancaster University.

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

We are actively committed to ensuring diversity in our staff roster, and we particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic scientists for this position.

Applicants should complete the online application form along with uploading an academic CV (including full publication list) and up to 5 pages detailing research plans to be pursued at Lancaster University. A separate cover letter is not required.

Informal enquiries should be directed to either the Head of Department, Dr Lorna Ashton ( and/or the Interim Head of the Chemical Synthesis Section, Dr Nick Evans (

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