Postdoctoral Research Associate in Inorganic Chemistry

Durham (County) (GB)
08 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Inorganic Chemistry (Homogeneous Catalysis)


Department: Chemistry

Grade: Grade 7

Term: One year Fixed Term Contract

Salary: £35,333

Working Arrangements: This role is full time

The Department

Durham Chemistry is one of the very best UK chemistry departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and employability of our students. Our research spans the range of organic, inorganic, physical and theoretical chemistry. We are an active and vibrant department, pursuing innovative research agendas and hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award supporting the development of women in science. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, and progression. The Department embraces excellence in all of its forms and invites all qualified applicants to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in the academic sector.

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The Role

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Inorganic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis exploring the synthesis, characterisation (including XAS/XES), performance, and development of a family of transition metal-based homogeneous catalysts. The principal goal is to undertake fundamental research exploring the use, mode of action/function, and performance of a series of organometallic pro-catalysts and activators in industrially significant selective olefin oligomerisation reactions. To support the experimental lab work aspects of the project, computational studies (primarily DoE and PCA) will be undertaken in close collaboration with Dr Natalie Fey (University of Bristol). This work is funded through a grant from the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub, with parts of the project being undertaken in partnership with a global chemical company.

The work will be supervised in Durham by Dr Philip Dyer.

The successful applicant will be located in Durham and will be expected to work independently, after receiving relevant training, conducting rigorous experimental design and its implementation.  The work will involve the synthesis and characterisation of catalyst precursors (e.g. molecular organometallic complexes), coupled with undertaking catalytic performance measurements using an in-house high pressure autoclave system, as well as performing detailed analysis of organic reaction products.  The project will involve working very closely with colleagues in Bristol and from the industrial partner to share results (including the production of written and oral reports), plan future experiments, discuss the project progress and participate actively in regular meetings.  Some travel to the collaborators’ sites and the Catalysis Hub for meetings will be likely required.