Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£35,333 - £42,155 per annum
15 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a 2-year Research Fellow to work in the group of Dr Paul Dingwall (www.dingwall-lab.co.uk) at Queen’s University Belfast. The project involves an in-depth mechanistic study of hypervalent iodine mediated oxidation reactions using a range of highly complementary experimental and computational techniques.

A physical organic first approach will involve detailed in situ kinetic and spectroscopic studies. The electrochemical behaviour of the reactions will be investigated in collaboration with the Kavanagh lab (Queen’s University Belfast). Computational investigation of the reaction mechanism will be performed with state-of-the-art density functional theory techniques as well as a modern, data driven, physical organic approach to simultaneously probe reaction mechanism and optimise reaction performance.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is able to bring expertise in at least one of these areas, and who is willing to learn and become an expert in the others. There may be some flexibility in starting date for an exceptional candidate. This position is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is in collaboration with Professor Thomas Wirth (Cardiff University). An additional position on this project in the Wirth Lab will be available early in 2023.

The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Have a degree in Chemistry or a related discipline (minimum standard 2:1)
  • Have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline.
  • At least 3 years relevant research experience of physical organic or synthetic organic chemistry
  • A track record of mechanistic analysis in homogeneous catalysis or organic chemistry.
  • Ability to apply core analytical techniques (1D/2D NMR, MS, IR, HPLC)

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria, click on the 'Candidate Information' link below.

This post is available until 30 September 2024. 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.

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: www.qub.ac.uk/diversitywww.qub.ac.uk/qgi and www.qub.ac.uk/sites/StaffGateway/StaffNetworks/.

Informal enquiries to: Dr Paul Dingwall P.Dingwall@qub.ac.uk
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