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Research Assistant / Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry

Shrivenham, United Kingdom
£28,203 to £41,406 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

Job Details

School/Department: Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at: Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period: Fixed Term Contract until 30 September 2025
Salary: Please see below
Apply by: 02/06/2024

Role Description

Research Assistant £28,203 to £32,039 per annum

Research Fellow £37,337 to £41,406 per annum

About the Role

This role will contribute to research in cutting edge organic synthesis of energetic materials. This project is in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham.

As Research Assistant you will be responsible for planning and carrying out research as directed within CfDC, contributing to the advancement of the discipline and the discovery of new knowledge.

As Research Fellow you will be responsible for taking ownership, plan and carry out research as required within CfDC, contributing to the advancement of the discipline and the discovery of new knowledge.

In addition you will be expected to:

  • Publish papers in peer reviewed journals and presentations at conferences
  • Liaise with analytical and test facilities to ensure timely testing of energetics
  • Run analyses and tests using specified and agreed techniques and models
  • Acquire and interpret research data and results
  • Prioritise tasks within an agreed work schedule
  • Contribute to the development of techniques, models and methods
  • Demonstrate and maintain research activity of high reputation in the UK and abroad
  • Contribute to the research function of CfDC

The role is challenging and involves planning, integrating and coordinating diverse responsibilities within the research project. This includes the delivery of milestones, communication and cooperation with project partners and sponsors and the associated health and safety aspects of working with energetic materials.

About You

As Research Assistant you will have a degree in chemistry or a field of science related to the area. As Research Fellow you will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in a field of science related to the area or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience. In addition you will have experience of organic synthetic chemistry and delivery of research in leading international journals. You will have evidence of working across discipline boundaries to deliver results with an understanding of the fundamentals of organic synthesis and characterisation techniques.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr J F Pons, Principal Research Fellow, at


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