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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Chemistry, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £46,974
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 102893

Salary:

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974

Contract Type:

Fixed Term contract up to December 2025

Background

This is a Royal Society-funded postdoctoral position in the group of Dr Andrew Jupp in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. 

The aim of the project is the design and synthesis of main-group compounds for small-molecule activation and catalysis. In particular, we aim to explore the functionalisation of environmentally relevant gases such as CO2, CO, and N2O, as well as catalytic hydrophosphination and hydroamination reactions using main-group species. This builds on experience in the Jupp group in the synthesis and reactivity of new phosphorus-containing molecules, and in main-group catalysis, typically using frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) chemistry.

Main Duties

  • Perform synthetic main-group chemistry in the laboratory, including novel main-group compounds, and assessing their utility in catalysis;
  • Characterise the structure and photophysical properties of molecules using NMR spectroscopy, single crystal X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy and mass spectrometry;
  • To design, perform and critically interpret experiments that achieve the project goals in a way that is consistent with the requirements for publication of high quality research;
  • To apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding, and contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods;
  • To collect, analyse, interpret and store research data as required for publication and open-data requirements in line with the funders expectations;
  • To prepare draft academic publications, or parts thereof, and contribute to other writing that can include bids for research funding, review articles and public engagement literature;
  • To present research outputs effectively in internal reports, presentations (group meetings internal seminars, conferences), posters and other media;
  • Work effectively with potential collaborators 
  • Supervise students on research related to the project and provide guidance to PhD and Master’s students 
  • To work in accordance with relevant safety policies and operating procedures and to undertake training as required.
  • Support the day-to-day running of the research group 
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

  • Candidates must have, or be near to completion of, a PhD in chemistry
  • Expertise in air-sensitive synthetic chemistry (using Schlenk-lines and gloveboxes) is essential
  • Expertise in catalysis and/or working with gaseous reagents are desirable
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme 
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
  • Work effectively in a research team, including collaborative research
  • An understanding of the importance of EDI within research culture 
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquires can be made to Andrew Jupp, a.jupp@bham.ac.uk

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above.

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