Research Fellow, Organic Synthesis in Flow Reactors

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £35,326 Per annum
07 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Organic Chemistry, Synthesis, Catalysis & Flow

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £35,326 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term 12 months
Closing Date:  Thursday 03 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1654822EB

You will join our team in synthetic organic and flow chemistry at the University of Southampton, funded through the new EPSRC Programme Grant “Photo-Electro: Transforming Chemical Synthesis, Discovery and Manufacture”.

The programme will develop continuous electrochemistry, photochemistry and thermochemistry to transform the way high value chemicals are produced and will involve chemists and engineers in the Universities of Southampton, Nottingham and Bristol together with industrial partners from more than 20 companies. The team will also include postdoctoral research fellows and associated PhD students.

You will develop synthetic organic processes in electrochemical and photochemical flow cells to establish clean and scalable transformations that can be applied to high value intermediates, with a focus on the integration of reagentless techniques. The programme will require close cooperation with team members involved in reactor design, simulation, and the integration of reactors in continuous processes.

Applicants must have a good degree in Chemistry, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic organic chemistry, and a strong track record of academic research. Prior experience and expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, analysis (NMR, Mass Spectrometry) and chromatographic methods is required. Experience of flow chemistry, electrosynthesis and/or thermochemistry is desirable, but not essential. The applicants will also be responsible for day-to-day management of the project locally and will be required to liaise directly with the University supervisors, and work closely with Programme Grant team members from other institutions.

The post is funded for 12 months. For additional information please contact Professor Richard Brown ( or Professor David Harrowven ( by email. For recent examples of research from the Southampton team in flow organic synthesis:

  1. Brown, R. C. D. The Longer Route can be Better: Electrosynthesis in Extended Path Flow Cells. Chem. Rec. 2021, 21, 2472.
  2. Manning, M. A.; Sun, W.; Light, M. E.; Harrowven, D. C. A photochemical ring expansion of 6-to 8-membered nitrogen heterocycles by [1,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement. Chem. Commun. 2021, 57 (37), 4556.
  3. Sun, W.; Raimbach, W.; Elliot, L. D.; Booker-Milburn, K.; Harrowven, D. New Approaches to Ondansetron and Alosetron Inspire a Versatile, Flow Photochemical Method for Indole Synthesis. Chem. Commun. 2021, DOI:10.1039/D1CC05700F.

The University of Southampton is a leading UK university, ranked 8th in the UK in REF2014. The Chemistry department was ranked 6th in the UK for research intensity in REF2014.

Applications will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion (within six months) of a relevant PhD qualification or equivalent.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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 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.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

This post is offered on a full-time fixed term contract for 12 months.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1654822EB on all correspondence.