Research Associate in Polymer Chemistry

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum, according to relevant experience
31 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Sackville Street, Manchester
Closing Date : 04/03/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum, according to relevant experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
Division : 
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Fixed Term from 1 March 2019 until 1 January 2020 

A Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and enthusiastic polymer scientist to undertake research in the field of synthetic polymer chemistry, particularly in the development of new synthetic routes to sustainable materials. The project will be based in the Green Materials Laboratory under the direction of Prof. Michael Shaver as part of a diverse team addressing academic and industry challenges in sustainable polymer science.

You should have, or be working towards, a PhD (or equivalent) in synthetic polymer chemistry or a closely related field. Additional postdoctoral experience is an advantage but not necessary. You should be capable of working in a team with a desire and potential to lead others where required. The project will involve the use of Inert atmosphere synthetic techniques, monomer synthesis, catalyst synthesis, polymer synthesis and materials characterisation. The project will run alongside mechanistic investigations and reaction scale-up, so an interest in this area would be beneficial. Expertise in ring-opening polymerisation or sustainable polymer synthesis is desired. A familiarity with polymer chemistry, catalysis synthesis and screening and organic chemistry is beneficial. You will be expected to engage in collaborative work as part of an EPSRC-funded research program involving global academic and industrial collaborators.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. 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 the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Michael Shaver


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

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

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