Research Fellow in Synthetic Chemistry

Shrivenham, England
£33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
Sunday, 19 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security
Hours of work 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period Fixed Term Contract for 12 months
Salary £33,309 to £37,127 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £46,409 per annum
Apply by 15/09/2020

Role Description

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world. 

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here: Working life at Cranfield

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. To find out more please visit our website: 

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provides unique educational opportunities to the defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations. Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for all postgraduate education and training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership. 

The post holder will be responsible for the synthesis and characterization of innovative cyclodextrin based cross-linked materials. The post holder will initially follow tried-and-tested methods for the synthesis and characterization however; development of new synthesis methods and/or new characterization tests will be encouraged. You will work closely with colleagues to make effective use of the facilities.

You will hold a PhD (or nearing completion) in Synthetic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry. Experience in synthesis of chemicals either from industrial or academic exposure; operating process and laboratory equipment, vacuum pumps and heater/chiller units and applying analytical skills and techniques, such as nuclear magnetic resonance and differential scanning calorimetry is essential. 

You will understand the requirements of Health and Safety within a Chemistry laboratory environment and have knowledge of methods of chemical analysis and interpretation of data. 

In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to support world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment. 

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential.  

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups. 

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. To find out more, please visit 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Licia Dossi at

Interviews will be held 28 / 29 September 2020.