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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry

University of Reading - Department of Chemistry

Location: Reading
Salary: £33,966 to £39,347 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 22nd March 2024
Job Ref: SRF46797
 

Fixed term for 12 months initially, with a possibility to extend for a further 24 months.

An EPSRC-funded post-doctoral position is available in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Reading in the group of Dr James Cooper (https://www.cooperchemistry.com/). This role offers an exciting opportunity to join a research project investigating the conformational dynamics of prototypical molecular machines in lipid membranes.

There is growing interest in placing mechanically interlocked molecules and synthetic molecular machines into lipid membranes, driven by the desire to understand and mimic the behaviour of biological transmembrane proteins. This project will investigate the conformational dynamics of these molecules in lipid membranes, which is essential for future molecular machines to work together across different length scales, between segregated compartments and with spatiotemporal control.

The project will involve organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy. It also involves a collaboration with the Central Laser Facility (CLF) at Harwell Science Campus, which will give you the opportunity to contribute to writing access proposals and will visit CLF to conduct research at this state-of-the-art facility.

You will receive excellent training in synthetic supramolecular chemistry and the chemistry of lipid membranes. You will have the opportunity to enhance your skills in a range of areas and will occupy a significant leadership role in a small, but ambitious, research team.

You will have, or are about to be awarded, a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry (or closely related area) and either a BSc (Hons) or an MChem in Chemistry, or a closely related subject. It is essential that you have a high level of experience of organic synthesis. Experience in working with lipid membranes is desirable, but not essential.

Funding is available for 36 months. The post is offered for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility to extend for a further 24 months.

Closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Friday 22nd March 2024

Interviews will be held: In the week of 8th April 2024

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed & will be considered in line with business needs.

Informal contact details

Contact role: Lecturer in Organic Chemistry

Contact name: James Cooper

Contact phone: 0118 378 3753

Contact email: james.cooper@reading.ac.uk

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas & Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter & the Race Equality Charter, and champions LGBT+ equality. 

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