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Research Associate in polymer chemistry (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in polymer chemistry (fixed-term post)

Department Chemistry

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

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Monday 20 June 2022

Closing date Monday 01 August 2022

Interview date Monday 15 August 2022

Reference CC9562

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The Department of Chemistry are looking for a Research Associate in polymer chemistry to join an EPSRC-funded project aimed at development of novel multicomponent hydrogel materials with precisely tuned internal structure.

You will be working on synthesis of novel polymer networks/hydrogels, investigation of their mechanical, thermal and responsive properties as well as preliminary testing in biomedical applications. You will also assist in a day-to-day co-supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students involved in the project. A more detailed project description can be found here:

About you:

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • a PhD in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or related discipline;
  • experience in polymer chemistry, preferably in the area of controlled radical polymerisation and/or hydrogels;
  • strong synthetic/laboratory skills;
  • self-motivation and passion about science.

About us:

Department of Chemistry offers successful, well-equipped and supportive environment for teaching, learning and research. 99% of our submitted research activity was ranked as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). We are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment for all staff, including mentorship and flexible working arrangements. The Department and the University both currently hold Athena SWAN Silver awards, and we are working to further improve equality, diversity and inclusion. If you would like to discuss any EDI issues or other aspects of the working environment with a member of staff who is not involved in the recruitment process, please contact Professor Sofia Pascu (

This position is full time (36.5 hours per week) and is being offered on a fixed-term basis for up to 24 months, with an expected start date of 01 October 2022.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Maciek Kopec (

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.