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Research Associate in Photoredox Catalysis for Amine C-H Functionalisation (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in Photoredox Catalysis for Amine C-H Functionalisation (fixed-term post)

Department Chemistry

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Tuesday 14 June 2022

Closing date Tuesday 28 June 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

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The Department of Chemistry have an exciting opportunity to work on new photoredox-catalysed reactions for the synthesis of valuable amine building blocks of relevance in pharmaceutical science.

You will be working as part of a team of 9 PhD students and 2 PDRAs under the supervision of Dr Alexander Cresswell to develop novel catalytic methods for the C-H functionalisation of simple, readily available primary amine starting materials. For a recent publication on this area from our lab, see: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.1c07401

The project will involve exposure to a number of enabling technologies and advanced techniques, including photoredox catalysis, flow chemistry, automation, mechanistic analysis, and enantioselective catalysis. Further training will be offered in the form of regular literature reviews and problem sessions on organic synthesis.

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.

The position is funded for 6 months to start on 1 August 2022, but this date can be negotiated.

For further information about the role please contact Dr Cresswell (a.j.cresswell@bath.ac.uk), however, please submit your application via the University website.

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.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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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