Research Fellow in Microfluidic Organic Chemistry

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 per annum
26 Apr 2022
End of advertisement period
18 May 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Magnetic Resonance

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Wednesday 18 May 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1782922EB

You will join a team, in our School of Chemistry, led by Professor Marcel Utz, within the Magnetic Resonance and research section, in collaboration with Professor Richard Whitby (Organic Chemistry), Professor Malcolm Levitt, and Professor Ilya Kuprov. The position is funded through a recent research grant to a team lead by Prof. Utz by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The University of Southampton ranks in the top one per cent of world universities*, and as one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. Magnetic Resonance is a research focus area at Southampton, with currently 8 academic staff members, and a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers and numerous postgraduate and undergraduate students. A range of world-class NMR systems are available, including a 700 MHz cryoprobe system, various state-of-the art solid- and liquid state NMR spectrometers, EPR, and para-hydrogen hyperpolarisation equipment. The University of Southampton is also home to the the Zepler Institute, which provides access to world-class micro- and nanofabrication facilities.

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices are finding wider and wider applications in areas as diverse as the culture of cells and tissues, chemical reaction engineering, or medical diagnostics. Our aim is to bring the power of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to bear on complex microfluidic lab-on-a chip devices. In this position, you will lead a vigorous research program aimed at developing organic reaction techniques that support hyperpolarised nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in microfluidic systems.

The position is a stepping stone towards an independent career for a junior researcher with a strong background in organic chemistry or a related field, with solid understanding of chemical reaction kinetics, and ideally some experience flow chemistry. Professional experience in lab-on-a-chip systems is desirable, but not a prerequisite. If you are a passionate and creative scientist with an emerging track record of original contributions in these areas, this position is for you. You should have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Chemistry or a closely related field

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.

 *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 Holly Shergold (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1782922EB on all correspondence. 

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