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Research Fellow in Polymer Chemistry

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

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th December 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024
Job Ref: 102742

Contract type: Fixed Term contract up to December 2026

Background

The School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham is a vibrant and thriving academic community, with over 100 academic and research staff, 20 professional services staff and over 600 students. We provide an inclusive and supportive environment where we strive to support every member of staff in realising their career potential.  With a strong focus on our four Research Themes of Energy, Sustainability, Environment and Health, and a number of interdisciplinary Interest Groups serving as testbeds to explore new and emerging areas of interest, we are a dynamic place to work.  We have ambitious plans to expand our research activity and are in an exciting period of growth:  major investment from the University will deliver a state-of-the-art research building (opening in 2023/24), and new multi-million pound high-performance computing facilities, which will ensure UK-leading compute capability.  These investments build on a major recent expansion of our academic staff and investment in our teaching and learning provision, with our Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, which opened September 2018, already revolutionising how we teach undergraduate practical chemistry.  

Role Summary

We are looking for a Research Fellow to work in the area of responsive polymers to be applied in the depolymerisation of poly(ethylene terephthalate), PET. The project will be hosted in the group of Prof. Andrew Dove, funded by an EPSRC collaborative project with Prof Joe Wood in Chemical Engineering. The aim of the project is to develop scalable solutions to allow application of supports that enable catalyst recovery. The project will seek to apply real post-consumer waste and hence understanding of the tolerance to impurities and additives will form an important aspect of the work.  

The post holder will be responsible for the entire project from responsive polymer synthesis, experimental development through to depolymerisation kinetic measurements and data interpretation. Training will be provided in all of the component techniques but demonstrable experience in a number of the aspects is required.

Person Specification

It is expected that the post holder will have:

  • Completed an experimental PhD (or near to completion) in catalysis or polymer chemistry;
  • Significant experience in working with controlled radical polymerisation;
  • Characterisation experience including molecular characterisation techniques such as NMR spectroscopy etc. but ideally thermo-mechanical characterisations such as DSC;
  • A practical and collaborative mindset with a strong focus on problem solving and hands-on experience in a laboratory environment;
  • A record of publishing in leading international journals and/or at conferences;
  • Experience in communication to specialist, non-specialist and mixed specialist audiences.

Informal enquires can be made to Prof. Andrew P. Dove, a.dove@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.

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