Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,797 to £35,845 per annum
14 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 28/09/2020
Salary: £33,797 to £35,845 per annum
Job category/type: Research

Job description

We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Researcher to join the Dingwall Lab on a six-month position with a funding end date of 31 March 2021. The position is fully lab based; you will assist in the collection of kinetic data from homogeneously catalysed reactions which will be used by our collaborators in the School of Computer Science (Mai lab) to predict reaction outcomes with machine learning techniques. The position is funded 85% FTE and so the candidate will be expected to work no more than four days a week.

Predicting the performance of a reaction is a challenging task. The rare reports that do so use machine learning algorithms that are fed a huge volume of single timepoint yield data normally generated via high throughput experimentation. Using single timepoint yields to represent reaction outcomes is a major shortcoming of existing approaches and we propose that kinetic data will outperform single timepoint yield data in predicting reaction performance. The project has been funded as part of the Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Intelligence for Automated Investigations for Scientific Discovery (AI3SD) Network+ and candidates will also be given the opportunity to co-author a Wiley book chapter on machine learning in Chemistry.

The successful candidate must have:

  • Have a degree in Chemistry or a related discipline (minimum standard 2:1)
  • Have a PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline
  • At least three years research experience involving physical organic chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, or related disciplines.
  • Proven experience of applying core analytical techniques (NMR, GC, HPLC)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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