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Research Assistant (Electrochromic Heterocyclic Chemistry)

University of Huddersfield - Applied Sciences

Location: Huddersfield
Salary: £30,766 to £37,442
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: R7404

£30,766 - £37,442 per annum
Huddersfield
Fixed term for 24 months
37 hours per week
Ref: R7404


Applications are invited for the position of Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Chemistry Division, Department of Physical and Life Sciences, University of Huddersfield to work on the synthesis of novel organic electrochromic compounds. We are seeking a talented synthetic organic chemist to work on a rapidly evolving, industrially funded project on the development of new electrochromic materials.

The project, under the supervision of Dr Christopher Gabbutt and Prof. Mark Heron, will involve the synthesis and characterisation of novel heterocyclic compounds as electron-acceptors for variable transmission device applications and will build upon previous work from our group, some of which is currently being commercialised internationally.

The Chemistry Division has ca. 25 staff and a vibrant research (PGR / PDRA) community and is well equipped with an excellent and wide-ranging equipment base. You will work in modern, well-equipped laboratory facilities and will have access to high field, multi-nuclear NMR Bruker instruments at 300, 400 and 600 MHz together with X-ray crystallography, HRMS, and an excellent range of GC/MS and thermal analysis and electrochemical instrumentation is available.

You will synthesise a series of electrochromic heterocyclic compounds and carry out full spectroscopic and other characterisations as required.

You will scale up experimental methods from the research scale (mg – g) to the laboratory batch scale (10 g – 100s of g).

You will also conduct literature surveys and searches relating to synthetic chemistry and electrochromic materials and will be expected to prepare sponsor reports (6 per year) and to proactively contribute to the planning and direction of the project. In addition, it is anticipated that some day-to-day guidance and supervision of less experienced researchers will be provided together with some undergraduate research project supervision.

You should have or be about to receive (thesis submitted) a PhD in organic chemistry with substantial expertise in synthetic chemistry of complex molecules by multi-step pathways, ideally in mg to tens of g scale and with a demonstrable knowledge and understanding of heterocyclic chemistry. Experience in organic materials chemistry and knowledge of cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry is also highly desirable.

The University is deeply committed to equality and diversity for all its students and staff. We seek to be diverse and inclusive, supporting individuals and groups to fulfil their potential and nurture a sense of belonging. We strive to be an accessible, inclusive employer, removing barriers for all. Find out more about our approach to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, including our commitments and accreditations as a Disability Confident Employer, Stonewall Top 100 Employer, Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder and our membership of the Race Equality Charter.

Informal enquiries are welcome to either Dr Christopher Gabbutt (C.Gabbutt@hud.ac.uk) or Professor Mark Heron (M.Heron@hud.ac.uk).

For further details about this post and to make an application please select the apply button shown.

Closing date: 2 January 2024
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