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Senior Research Fellow (Group Leader) in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry

University of Birmingham - School of Chemistry

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296, with potential progression once in post to £56,587.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd June 2022
Closes: 14th July 2022
Job Ref: 59571

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract up to December 2024

Role Summary

  • Initiate, undertake and direct original research into degradable and sustainable polymers under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Dove.
  • Support and lead research within the group to solve problems, collaborate and innovate in scientific directions for the group.
  • Provide leadership on broader scientific skills within the group (at all levels) including mentoring students, leading on administrative/organisational tasks and helping to develop writing and presentation skills
  • Produce regular written and oral reports pertaining to the projects as requested; attend regular project meetings; give regular presentations to the group
  • To attend national and international conferences giving poster and oral presentations to discuss results of own and others’ research
  • To write papers and publish results of own and others’ research for publication in peer reviewed scientific journals and draft grant proposals.
  • To play an active role in the Dove research group, participating in all group meetings and activities. You will (co)supervise research students, be responsible for installation and maintenance of equipment and training of personnel on equipment.
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement by participating in collaborative meetings, both academic and industrial from yours and others’ research, and work with the project collaborators
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to outreach/public engagement activities and teaching (tutorials, lectures, laboratory supervision) or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University

Person Specification

  • First degree in area of specialism and a higher degree (normally PhD) relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Excellent research profile in the area of in the area of degradable biomaterials and sustainable polymers
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Proven experience in polymer synthesis and functionalisation, polymer and materials characterisation.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to learn new techniques.
  • Ability to keep up to date with new developments in the fields relevant to own research projects and others.
  • Ability to work independently and part of a team, both as a leader and team member, on research programmes.
  • Ability to write and give presentations to both national and international audience standard and communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to install and maintain relevant equipment and to train other personnel on operation of the broad range of equipment maintained within the group
  • High level analytical capability and experience in use of characterisation of polymers and materials by a range of techniques including NMR, IR, chromatography, DSC, TGA, DMA, Mechanical testing, Rheometry etc.
  • Ability to design experiments, collaborate and lead on application based studies with the group.
  • Excellent writing skills and record of success in published papers.
  • Extensive experience and achievement in public engagement and outreach or similar activities.

Informal enquires to Andrew Dove, email: a.dove@bham.ac.uk

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