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Research Associate


Salary:  Starting from £32,548, rising to £38,833
Placed On:  Thursday 18 January 2018
Closing Date:  Sunday 18 February 2018
Interview Date:  Thursday 15 March 2018
Reference:  AP5541

Research Associate in Synthetic Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry for Metals in medicine, Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine Applications

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath, to work with Professor Sofia Pascu, as a part of the prestigious European Research Council Consolidator team Oxygen Sensing with Multimodality Imaging Probes (O2SENSE).

A range of multi-disciplinary synthesis, spectroscopy and molecular imaging methods will be utilised within the project. The applicant will assume a leadership and daily supervision role within the team from the start and contribute directly to the synthesis and structural chemistry aspects of research with a focus on small molecules design and delivery for sensing, metals in medicine and nanomedicine. He/she will lead the bioimaging projects within the group and interactions with internal and external collaborators and drive forward the completion of group's high profile publications and conferences participations.

Outstanding synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry skills including air-sensitive (glove box) and related techniques are a requirement and additionally a high computing literacy is ideal, for example for fluorescence spectroscopy data analysis, DFT calculations and/or single crystals X-ray diffraction, combined with outstanding time management skills and ability to work independently and motivate PhD and MSC students to deliver completion of projects against tight deadlines. 

It is expected that the project will lead to high impact scientific publications and technological development of functional molecules and materials with molecular imaging applications will be disseminated via key international conferences. Visits to collaborators are expected: the successful applicants must show willingness to work away from Bath in collaborators facilities, for example at the Research Complex at Harwell (with Prof Stan Botchway) and at the Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre, Imperial College London (with Prof Eric Aboagye).

Applicants should have a first degree and a PhD (or be close to completing a PhD having already submitted a PhD thesis prior to the interview) in a relevant discipline: inorganic/organometallic/organic chemistry/pharmacy, ideally with some biochemistry or bioinorganic chemistry training and with outstanding practical chemistry skills and an enthusiastic approach to multi-disciplinary practical research work both independently and as a part of a team. The candidate will already have a strong publication list, some experience in teaching and demonstrating inorganic chemistry practicals, and a strong desire and drive to publish his/ her own papers and support and manage the development of Research students.

This post is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed term contract basis, with immediate start (or as soon as possible) and an anticipated end date of 31 August 2019.


The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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