Research Associate in Main Group/Organic/Organometallic Chemistry

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum, depending on experience
21 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 23/10/2018
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum, depending on experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
Division : Inorganic Chemistry Group
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : Available from 31 December 2021 for three years

A PDRA position is available starting from Jan. 1st 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter for 36 months. The PDRA will be supervised by Prof. Mike Ingleson (MJI), based at the University of Manchester, who is an expert in main group chemistry, particularly boron chemistry. This position is funded by MJI’s ERC Consolidator Grant (ECO-ZEN), and the successful applicant will join an established team funded by this grant.

The applicant must hold a PhD (or will have submitted a thesis prior to commencing this position) in the main group, organic or organometallic chemistry and have a record of successful publications. Previous experience in organoboron chemistry is desired.

This project is part of a larger endeavour studying the fundamental chemistry of boron and zinc electrophiles/nucleophiles and developing synthetic applications that rely on these species used in isolation and/or in tandem. New stoichiometric and catalytic processes for forming C-B bonds will be targeted in this project building on the group’s expertise in organoboron chemistry (see: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed2018, ASAP, anie.201808216, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 56, 354, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 3384). This project is at the border of organic and inorganic chemistry and will develop new methodologies to form C-B bonds (both Csp2 and Csp3) that utilize only earth-abundant compounds (predominantly simple boron electrophiles). The development of novel routes to form new C-B containing products is of continuing importance due to the considerable synthetic utility of organoboranes in modern chemistry (e.g. the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction and beyond!).

This project will require expertise in main group synthesis, organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry and a range of key characterization techniques. The candidate should be capable of working under their own initiative and leading a small research team, so excellent communication and organisational skills are required. The MJI research group specializes in main group chemistry, for more information on the group’s activities see:

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. An appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                     

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Mike Ingleson


General enquiries:


Tel:       0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel:       0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars

S&E -12761 Research Associates in Main Group / Organic / Organometallic Chemistry FP's;