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Research Associate in Computational Chemistry (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate in Computational Chemistry (Fixed Term)

Department Chemistry

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 13 June 2022

Closing date Monday 11 July 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC9529

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A two-year postdoctoral position funded by EPSRC is available in the group of Dr. Elizaveta Suturina to create a comprehensive approach to NMR analysis of paramagnetic metal complexes.

About the project:

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy has become one of the essential characterization techniques in chemistry. However, paramagnetic molecules are often discarded from NMR characterization as analysis of their NMR spectra is deemed to be too complex. While there have been significant advances in the theoretical understanding of paramagnetic NMR (pNMR) spectra, there is still a huge gap between theorists and experimentalists as most of the computational approaches are not translated into tools accessible for inorganic chemists to analyse their paramagnetic metal complexes with NMR.

The proposed research project will innovate paramagnetic NMR data analysis by integrating high-level quantum chemistry methods, tailored models for the paramagnetic shift, and relaxation enhancement supported by machine learning with the goal of making pNMR analysis as simple, rigorous, and accessible as the standard NMR of diamagnetic molecules.

This position is available from 03/10/2022 for a period of 24 months.

About you:

You are required to have a PhD in computational chemistry. You will have high-level skills in computational chemistry and molecular magnetism. You should have a strong publication track record and demonstrated commitment to research excellence. Expertise in ab initio methods and coding (python and/or Matlab) are essential.

Please provide a cover letter describing your motivation for applying for this role in the application form.

About us:

For more details contact Dr. Elizaveta Suturina (

The Department of Chemistry is internationally renowned, with 99% of our research rated as 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.

The Department and the University are 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 within the Department. 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.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce;
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Update to our application process:

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