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Research Associate in Catalysts for Polymer Recycling (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in Catalysts for Polymer Recycling (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 05 July 2022

Interview date Friday 22 July 2022

Reference CC9538

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The Department of Chemistry have an opportunity for a Catalysis Hub Research position in the groups of Professor Matthew Jones (Bath, Chemistry) and Dr Ben Ward (Cardiff, Chemistry) for a period of 12 months. 

One of the challenges facing the 21st Century is finding a sustainable alternative to plastics and delivering end-of-life (EoL) solutions. The project is aimed at the formation of homogeneous catalysts to degrade a range of commercially relevant polymeric materials (e.g. polycarbonates, polyesters) this builds on work currently underway (e.g. ChemSusChem 2022, Green Chem. 2020). In this work programme the fundamental catalyst development will be coupled with computational studies to elucidate the mechanism of the degradation. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated researcher to work on an interdisciplinary research project spanning experimental and computational chemistry. 

You will have experience in homogeneous catalysts, catalysis, sustainable chemistry and polymer chemistry. Good organisational and presentation skills are essential as is the ability to work well in an interdisciplinary environment. Interaction with further academic and industrial partners is desirable.

The research will be based at Bath and is available immediately for a period of 12 months with an expected end date no later than 29 November 2023.

For informal queries please contact Matthew Jones (, 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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Further details:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.