Postdoctoral Research Associate in Flow Chemical Organic Synthesis
Durham University Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Location: Durham
Salary: £33,199 to £35,210 per annum, pro rata Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th May 2019
Closes: 14th June 2019
Job Ref: 018095
Term: Fixed Term Contract until 19 February 2020, with possible renewal for a further 12 months

Closing Date: 14 June 2019 at midday


Working Arrangements: This role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Flow Chemical Organic Synthesis

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available to perform the reactor design, and then conduct synthesis and characterisation of compounds prepared using the flow reactor. The work will be supervised by Professor Ian R. Baxendale in the Department of Chemistry at Durham University ( in collaboration with of Dr Carlos Mateos of Eli Lilly and Company (Alcobendas, Spain).


The post-holder will have specific responsibility for the following areas of research:

Assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.
Conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator or Grant-holder.
Laboratory work: design, synthesis, purification and characterisation of new organic reactions and compounds (approx. 80% of the RA's time per year).
Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines, especially related to (a) the design and synthesis of new molecules; (b) understanding structure-property relationships (c) modification of flow reactor design.
Manage, plan and prioritise research within the agreed framework of the project, including planning several months in advance to meet deadlines.
Write detailed, accurate and accessible reports of experimental work undertaken and draw conclusions from the results obtained.

Write, or assist writing, the results of the research in a form suitable for presentation at meetings, patents and manuscripts for submission to world-class journals under the direction of the Research Supervisor.
Interact closely with collaborators and project partners at other European institutions to facilitate the overall cross-disciplinary aims of the project. This will include presenting results in regular skype calls, travelling to, and presenting work at, project meetings within Europe.
Present research results (orally and as posters) at national and international conferences.
Contribute to the general day-to-day running of the laboratory to a high standard. This will involve, for example, ensuring a safe working environment, passing on expertise to other colleagues, sharing resources, maintaining supplies of solvents, cryogens and chemicals.
Undertake other duties commensurate with the post as requested by the Research Supervisor and to contribute to the overall activities of the research team and department as required.
The post is initially available 19 February 2020, with possible renewal for a further 12 months.


The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by another colleague. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

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