Postdoctoral Research Associate Chemistry

£34304 - £38587 per annum
Nov 02, 2021
End of advertisement period
Nov 30, 2021
Durham University
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Durham University Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences.

An exciting Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in an industrially funded research project looking at the selection, synthesis, characterisation and development of heterogeneous catalysts. The overall goal is to undertake fundamental research exploring a number of ideas that aim to provide improved yields for an industrially important (usually metal oxide catalysed) reaction. The work is funded by Sinopec, a major global chemical company.

The successful applicant will be expected to conduct careful experimental design, synthesis of catalysts and catalytic performance measurements using an in-house assembled gas flow reactor, as well as performing a range of catalyst characterization measurements. The project will also involve working closely with members of the industrial collaborator, Sinopec, (based in the UK and China) to share results (including the production of written and oral reports), plan future experiments, discuss the project progress and participate actively in regular meetings.

This post is fixed term for up to 14 months duration as the project is time-limited with an expected end date of the project of 15 December 2022. It is anticipated further research funding will be sought for follow on projects, but this is not currently confirmed and may depend on factors external to the project performance.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by other colleagues (Dyer/Beaumont). 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.

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A MAXIMUM 2-page A4 CV and 1-page A4 covering letter which details your experience, strengths and summarises relevant details and information of your career to date. A table (e.g. prepared as a word document) to provide key factual evidence in a concise format of how you meet each of the essential requirements and any of the desirable requirements for the role. Additional papers/theses or unrequested application documents should not be included as they may result in your application being disregarded.

All documents should be submitted as PDFs.

The assessment for the post will include a 5 minute presentation and an interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment.