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Postdoc Position in Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College London

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral researcher position in inorganic chemistry at Imperial College London, UK. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before August 15, 2020.

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in inorganic chemistry (inorganic chemistry scholarships) for a research project in the area of asymmetric air-sensitive main-group synthesis and catalysis. You will work within a team supervised by Dr. F. Mark Chadwick (www.chadwickresearch.com). The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust on a research grant entitled 'weakly coordinating chiral anions'. This blue-skies project focuses on asymmetric main-group synthesis and…

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in inorganic chemistry for a research project in the area of asymmetric air-sensitive main-group synthesis and catalysis. You will work within a team supervised by Dr. F. Mark Chadwick (www.chadwickresearch.com).

The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust on a research grant entitled 'weakly coordinating chiral anions'. This blue-skies project focuses on asymmetric main-group synthesis and will be launching a new research area.

You will work on devising a synthetic route to new weakly coordinating chiral anions, and their subsequent characterisation and applications. You will use standard air-sensitive Schlenk and glovebox techniques in the synthesis and application of these new species.

You will need to develop enantio-separation protocols to furnish enantiopure products. With enantiopure products in hand, the applications of these new weakly coordination chiral anions will be investigated, including their use in asymmetric catalysis.

Your primary responsibility will be to undertake the research project above. This will include devising synthetic strategy, undertaking the experimental work and preparing results for dissemination. You would also be expected to take a leadership and mentoring role within the laboratory, guiding more junior members of the group

Experience of synthetic organometallic or main-group chemistry, including the manipulation of air-sensitive compounds (e.g. Schlenk and glovebox techniques) is essential.

Experience in a range of analytical tools including multinuclear NMR, infrared and UV-Vis spectroscopy (spectroscopy scholarships) and mass spectrometry is also essential. Experience in chiral synthesis/catalysis is strongly desirable. Experience in DFT calculations is desirable.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare articles for publication in international peer-reviewed scientific journals is essential. An ideal candidate would also show evidence of leadership within a laboratory, including mentoring more junior members of a research group.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 35,477 – 38,566 per annum.

The Department of Chemistry has recently (August 2018) moved to a state-of-the-art laboratory (the Molecular Sciences Research Hub) in White City, London. This research is funded by a 24-month Leverhulme Trust Research Grant. Ideally the post will start on 1st October 2020.

The Chadwick research group began in 2019 and focuses on the design and synthesis of new catalytic systems. We are interested in using a fundamental understanding of the mechanism of catalysts to improve design and efficacy.

Candidates should submit their application online. Applications should consist of a short summary of your research career to date (no more than 1 page), a CV (including publication list) and names and contact details of two referees.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College's care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.
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