Research Fellow, QUILL Research Centre

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum
01 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 01/07/2020
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Job category/type: Research

Job description

We are currently seeking applications for multiple postdoctoral positions within the QUILL Research Centre, to work on a large research programme with an industrial partner. We are looking for PhD-level chemists and/or chemical engineers, with expertise in at least one of the following areas: reactive extractions, gas or liquid separations, synthesis of ionic liquids/covalent organic frameworks/main group coordination chemistry, or synthesis/formulations of soft materials (lubricants, phase-change materials).

The candidates are expected to be active members of an international research group, contributing to planning and delivery of the project objectives and interacting with the industrial partner. Ideally, they will have an early track record of successful supervision of research students, reflected in good quality publications.

We welcome the applications from both new PhD graduates and experienced researchers. Please note, while we look to recruit as soon as possible, all appointees will be expected to work remotely on literature review and due diligence, until laboratories are accessible (subject to UK government/QUB guidelines).

This is a full-time fixed term contract for three years.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have or be about to obtain a relevant PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • At least 3 years of recent and relevant research experience in at least one of the following: reactive extractions, gas or liquid separations, synthesis of ionic liquids/covalent organic frameworks/main group coordination chemistry, or synthesis/formulations of soft materials (lubricants, phase-change materials).

In the School we offer degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, so that students can choose which subject fits them best, but our outlook and research is very much cross-disciplinary. Having both Chemists and Chemical Engineers working in partnership provides a unique environment for teaching and research. In particular means we are able to work on making fundamental discoveries and translate these into solutions to real world problems.

Much of our research falls under the broad headings of Healthcare and Sustainability, examples of recent funded projects include development of novel antibiotics and reduction of single use plastics. The School also leads the EU-funded Bryden Centre for renewable energy research, the industry-led Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) as well as our world-leading QUILL ionic liquids research centre. This research background informs our teaching so that students trained in our School are equipped with the skills that allow them to go out and make a real difference in the world.

Queen’s University Belfast is a driver of innovation based on our talented, multinational workforce. Throughout the University, our academics are collaborating across disciplines to develop new discoveries and insights, working with outside agencies and institutions on projects of international significance. We are connected and networked with strategic partnerships across the world, helping us to expand our impact on wider society locally, nationally and globally. The University is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best global talent within an environment that enables them to realise their full potential.

We are a leader in gender equality and diversity, and are one of the UK’s most successful universities in the Athena SWAN initiative which promotes gender equality and career progression. The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is fully committed to the Athena SWAN Charter to encourage the advancement of the careers of women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. Our policies are in line with the University leadership in fostering an ethos of gender equality. In April 2012, QUB was the first UK University to be awarded a Silver institutional Athena SWAN Award. We are ranked 1st in the UK for knowledge transfer partnerships, (Innovate UK) 9th in the UK for University facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018) and 14th in the UK for research quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Based in Belfast, a modern capital city, our beautiful campus is surrounded by abundant acres of parkland and is renowned as one of the safest and affordable cities in the UK. The choice of local Schools from pre-nursery upwards are some of the best available, and lovers of the outdoors can enjoy any number of activities from rowing and kayaking to top class golf among many others. We are immensely proud of what our city and our University will offer you.

For full job details and criteria please see the Candidate Information link on our website by clicking ‘apply’. You must clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria when you submit your application. For further information please contact Resourcing Team, Queen's University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email resourcing@qub.ac.uk.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of society and particularly from people with a disability.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but, in particular circumstances, may be renewed or made permanent, subject to availability of funding. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Ms. Deborah Poland via email to d.poland@qub.ac.uk

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