Research Associate in Synthesis and Catalysis (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in Synthesis and Catalysis (fixed-term post)

Department Chemistry

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Wednesday 07 July 2021

Closing date Sunday 01 August 2021

Interview date Monday 09 August 2021

Reference CC8441


We have an exciting opportunity to work on new catalytic processes for the synthesis of valuable heterocyclic motifs. You will be working as part of a team under the supervision of Dr James Taylor to develop catalytic methods for the functionalisation of simple, readily available starting materials containing hydroxyl groups using boron-based catalysts. We will apply these new processes to the synthesis of heterocyclic targets to enhance accessible drug-like chemical space and will gain fundamental understanding of the systems through mechanistic analysis.

About Us:

The Department of Chemistry is internationally renowned, with 98% of our research rated at either world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent REF exercise. We offer a well-equipped and supportive department that provides an excellent environment for teaching, learning, and research.

About the Role:

As a Research Associate, you will help lead the research of a hardworking team of chemists. You will gain experience of the development and application of new catalytic methods. You will perform both individual and collaborative research projects and work with the team to develop new ideas. You will write up research results for publication in scientific journals and will have the opportunity to disseminate the work through presentations at internal and external seminars and conferences.

You may also have the opportunity to supervise student projects, be involved in departmental teaching activities, and engage in continuous professional development.

More information about our research can be found on the Taylor group website.

About You:

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to work within our research team. You must hold a PhD in organic chemistry and should have practical experience in synthesis and/or catalytic methods. You will be responsible for planning and performing your own research activities and will be expected to take an active role in supporting PhD and undergraduate research students within the laboratory. You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work as part of a team and discuss your work with a range of audiences. Experience of scientific writing and a breadth of background knowledge in organic synthesis and homogeneous catalysis is also required.

Our Commitment to You:

The University is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment. The Department currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award and we are working to further improve equality, diversity and inclusivity. We invite applications from candidates irrespective of their gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. We particularly welcome applications from women and other under-represented groups.

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Further information:

For any informal enquiries please contact Dr James Taylor ( however, please submit your application via the University website including a copy of your up-to-date CV.

Further details:

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.