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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Organic Chemistry

School of Physical Sciences

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £34,804 to £40,322 per annum
Grade:  Grade 7
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 36 Months
Release Date:  Friday 17 April 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 12 July 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  STM-153-20

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work across the School of Physical Sciences (SPS), on a project entitled: 

“Supramolecular Bioinspired Responsive Materials: Exploiting Polyproline Helices”. 

This is a 3-year post to work on a supramolecular organic project supervised by Dr Aniello Palma (Physical Sciences).

This project will pioneer the use of a unique class of stimuli responsive biocompatible supramolecular building blocks, polyproline helices, for the synthesis of novel supramolecular bioinspired responsive materials. Our team aim is to understand the behaviour of these peptides as supramolecular building blocks in order to rationally design unique smart biomaterials capable of performing chemical divergent catalysis, chemical sensing, chemical separation and drug delivery in a green and biocompatible manner. 

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in multistep synthetic chemistry. Previous experience in supramolecular chemistry is desirable but not essential for this position. 

The post is EPSRC funded. The post is fixed term for 36 months and full time. 

As Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemistry you will:

  • Carry out the research as documented in the proposal, following a research plan agreed with the project principal investigator, in order to deliver the specific aims of the grant
  • Organise and manage a programme of laboratory work with reference to the research project work-plan, deliverables and milestones, outlined in the grant
  • Disseminate results to the scientific community via publications in high quality journals and presentations at international conferences
  • Contribute to research funding applications for extension of this project or related projects.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (awarded or near completion), in a relevant area of chemistry, or equivalent level of experience and expertise
  • Extensive practical experience in organic synthesis
  • Track record of publication of research articles in high quality journals.
  • Experience in summarising and presenting results
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate technical information

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is a vibrant, dynamic and expanding interdisciplinary school covering forensic science, physics and chemistry. SPS is a dynamic School achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and to apply for this post. Your CV and cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the role requirements, as detailed in the Person Specification. 

If you require further information regarding the project please contact Dr A. Palma at If you require further information regarding the application process, please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: STM-153-20.

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Please note - Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all interviews will take place remotely.  Our processes will evolve as the Government advice is updated.