Research Fellow, Computational Systems Chemistry

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 per annum
20 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Computational Systems Chemistry

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (36 months)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 09 November 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1559521EB

You will join our collaborative team in the field of structural dynamics measurements.  You will focus on the use of X-Ray Free Electron Laseer (XFEL) sources for diffraction and Coulomb explosion imaging measurements of molecules relevant to organic photochemistry.  The results from these time resolved measurements will be combined to obtain detailed information on the key structural changes occurring during photochemical reactions. 

To be successful you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physical Chemistry or Chemical Physics and a demonstrable understanding and knowledge of ultrafast laser technology and imaging detectors. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017.  Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy** and onsite childcare facilities.  For further information please visit

 The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

The position is available for 36 months full time and will involve work at various XFEL facilities around the globe for approximately 15 days per year. For more details or for informal enquiries please contact Dr Russell Minns (

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

 **subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507 or email  Please quote reference 1559521EB on all correspondence. 

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