Research Associate/Fellow in Chemical Reactions Using Cold Plasma
University of Nottingham Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Chemical Reactions Using Cold Plasma (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Monday, 27th September 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

As part of an exciting new partnership between University of Nottingham, University of Warwick and Lubrizol we are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic chemist or appropriated related discipline for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow post within the research groups of Professor Simon Woodward & Professor Pete Licence based in the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. This is a highly stimulating project in utilising cold plasma sources to functionalise small organic molecules and requires excellence in contemporary practical skills and preferably previous experience in the use of cold plasma sources. The project will focus on both fixation and degradation of small carbon-based molecules of interest to Lubrizol in line with their goal of developing new approaches towards CO2-free production of speciality chemicals.

Candidates should have the flexibility to learn new apparatus, synthesis or analytical skills as required. The successful candidate will carry out the following duties:

•Undertake the development of new cold plasma equipment for carbon functionalisation catalysis and process optimisation guided by product distribution assessment

•Prepare high quality supporting data for publications resulting from the project.

•Be involved in day-to-day care of the cold plasma reactor and associated equipment (GC, HPLC)

Candidates must:

• Hold a PhD (or expect their PhD award by end 2021) in reactor-based catalysis in chemistry or a closely related discipline (e.g. chemical engineering), ideally with previous experience in use of cold plasma.

•Have experience in the evaluation of volatile organic reaction products via GC, HPLC or a related technique 

•Have excellent organisational, communication & team working skills.

•Be able to work in experimentally flexible environment, where frequent, but time efficient, modification of equipment may be required

The successful candidate will work closely with researchers at the University of Warwick and Lubrizol and will have an opportunity to undertake a secondment at one or both partner institutions.

This role is available on a fixed term basis until 31/12/2025. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours); however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 18.13 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.

The School of Chemistry values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. You can read more about this at and on our website

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Simon Woodward ( . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependants accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.

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