Research Associate, School of Chemistry

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,199 - £37,345
07 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Division/School Faculty of Science
Contract type Fixed Term Contract
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - £37,345
Closing date for applications 04-Nov-2018

The School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol is one of the UK's largest and most prestigious chemistry departments. There are currently 60 members of academic staff and 30 permanent research officers and fellows, together with around 80 research assistants and associates funded by external sponsors. These members of staff are supported by a large team of technical, administrative and secretarial staff.

The Centre for Computational Chemistry (CCC, is internationally recognized as one of the leading centres in this field and represents a key strength of the School of Chemistry. The CCC has its own computing cluster, and a further cluster (in total around 500 cores) is available to other researchers in the School; computational resources are also available to support the TMCS CDT, including a dedicated GPU cluster housed at Bristol; members of the University can also access excellent high-performance computing resources through the University's Advanced Computing Research Centre,

About the role

Research in the group of Prof. Varinder Aggarwal at the University of Bristol focusses on the development of new methodologies and their application in synthesis, with a particular interest in the development of the reactions of metal carbenoids with boron reagents. Such developments can substantially benefit from computational insights to test and refine mechanistic proposals, and we now have an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join this group and contribute computational studies to support a range of projects. This research will be undertaken in collaboration with Dr Natalie Fey, a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Computational Chemistry (CCC), whose research is focussed on computational prediction for homogeneous catalysis and synthesis. You will be based in Bristol’s Center for Computational Chemistry (CCC) and will be jointly supervised by Prof. Aggarwal and Dr Fey, supporting a range of research projects in their groups.
Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Natalie Fey, Email:

About you

You will be a highly motivated individual with a strong background in computational chemistry, in particular electronic structure calculations. You will be able to interact with synthetic chemists, and design and realise appropriate computational studies to support their projects. You will be able to work independently and have excellent computational and project-management skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a team to further research goals within the Aggarwal group. Good communication skills are essential, and you must be enthusiastic about working with scientists from complementary disciplines.

Prior experience of computational mechanistic studies, preferably with a focus on organic and/or organometallic chemistry would be desirable, and an understanding of synthetic chemistry and large-scale data analysis would also be helpful.

While the initial appointment is fixed-term for one year, an extension may be possible depending on the outcome of funding applications.

We appreciate and value difference, seeking to attract, develop and retain a diverse mix of talented people that will contribute to the overall success of Bristol and help maintain our position as one of the world’s leading universities.