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Research Associate in Polymer Chemistry / Homogeneous Catalysis – AR2936RH

University of St Andrews - School of Chemistry

Location: St Andrews
Salary: £37,099 to £40,521 per annum. Grade 6.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th January 2024
Closes: 1st March 2024
Job Ref: 416544

Start Date: 1st April 2024

Fixed Term: 2 years

Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work with Dr. Amit Kumar at the School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews on the topics of polymer chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. This is an exciting opportunity to join a young and dynamic research group. The project aims to develop new methodologies for the synthesis and recycling of renewable plastics. This role is available on a fixed-term basis for 2 years and is available to start on the 1st of April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours). Flexible working hours may be discussed.

The principal duty of the post-holder will be to carry out research in the research group of Dr. Amit Kumar as well as:

  1. To provide day-to-day technical assistance and guidance to undergraduate and PhD students within the group, and to provide direction in chemical research.
  2. To take leadership in the day-to-day running of the laboratory and upkeep of equipment especially GPC and GC.
  3. Carrying out experimental risk assessments and ensure that your research is carried out safely.

Eligibility You will have a Ph.D. in chemistry with a proven track record in polymer chemistry (polymer synthesis, characterisation, operating GPC) and homogeneous catalysis. Effective written and verbal communication skills, good time-management and the ability to work independently, yet within a collaborative environment, are essential.

Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Amit Kumar, email: ak336@st-andrews.ac.uk Tel: 01334 463411.

Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in professional posts at the University.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/.

Employees of the University have access to a wide range of staff benefits including:

  • Annual leave of 34 days, plus 5 public holidays.
  • Membership of the USS Pension Scheme with generous employer contributions.
  • A range of family friendly policies.
  • Staff discount scheme for local and national goods and services.
  • Free staff parking, employee Carshare and Cycle to Work Schemes and subsidised local bus travel.
  • Subsidised sports membership, reduced tuition fees on degree programmes for staff/children of staff, access to library facilities, salary sacrifice scheme and a range of wellbeing initiatives.

Closing Date: 01/03/2024

Please quote ref: AR2936RH

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