Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry
Imperial College London Department of Materials
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry who would work on the development of innovative materials using an array of supramolecular, covalent and coordination chemistry techniques to develop controlled reactions and supramolecular architectures for use in biomedical applications. The post-holder will design and fabricate innovative biomaterials to expand our portfolio and will apply...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01313
  • Date posted 24 June 2020
  • Closing date 27 July 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington and White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Materials
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry who would work on the development of innovative materials using an array of supramolecular, covalent and coordination chemistry techniques to develop controlled reactions and supramolecular architectures for use in biomedical applications. The post-holder will design and fabricate innovative biomaterials to expand our portfolio and will apply advanced characterisation techniques. The post-holder will be active within a vibrant and multidisciplinary environment comprising multiple projects. This post will liaise closely with researchers trained in a wide array of faculties, including nanomaterials, engineering, as well as biology (with focus areas in drug delivery, tissue engineering and diagnostics).

The Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry will use a range of organic chemistry strategies to develop innovative materials for applications in therapeutic delivery and ultrasensitive biosensing. The post holder will establish versatile characterisation protocols that can be translated to a variety of applications and will undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Research:

  • Design and synthesise innovative materials for applications in therapeutic delivery and ultrasensitive biosensing.
  • Use state-of-the-art characterisation techniques to analyse the materials.
  • Undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Help the other research staff, technicians, and students in the daily management of the group laboratories and facilities.
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations, and the web.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.
  • To collaborate with industrial partners.
  • To take initiatives in the planning of research.
  • To develop any required skills and knowledge.
  • To identify and develop suitable techniques and apparatus for the collection and analysis of data.
  • To conduct data analysis.
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.
  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Qualifications

  • A first degree (or equivalent) or a Masters (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Engineering or similar.
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Engineering or similar.

Experience

  • Experience in organic chemistry and polymer synthesis.
  • Experience in a range of synthesis and micro-/nanofabriaction strategies (e.g. polymer synthesis, self-assembly, ring opening, metal coordination, etc.)
  • Experience in a wide range of synthetic skills (e.g. experimental design, catalysis, wet chemistry, purification, etc.).
  • Experience in small molecule and polymer characterisation techniques (e.g. NMR, CD, mass spectroscopy, HPLC, ATR-IR, FTIR, etc.)
  • Experience in materials characterisation techniques (e.g. SEM, TEM)
  • Experience in data and image analysis.
  • Experience in multivariate analysis and Matlab scripts (or similar software)
  • Experience in writing papers focusing on organic chemistry, polymer synthesis and characterisation, including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of biomaterials for applications in regenerative medicine and biosensing.
  • Knowledge of materials characterisation techniques.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability for innovation and original research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply new concepts.
  • A creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Experience of project management.

Further information

*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.

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens, m.stevens@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, 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.

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/


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