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Academic Vacancies

 
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry - Ref: 1804421

Duties and Responsibilities

We seeks to recruit an emerging world leader in the general area of Physical Chemistry. Applications are particularly welcome from researchers who complement existing areas of strength, preferably related to the development of measurement or analytical science.

The candidate will be expected to attract research funding to support their own research programme, contribute to teaching and undertake the administrative duties expected of a member of academic staff. They will also be expected to raise funds in order to support their research programme, postdoctoral research staff and PhD students.

Key Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry or equivalent in a relevant area. They will have an appropriate background to make significant contributions at the forefront of international research in physical chemistry, a strong track record of publications in high impact journals, good interpersonal skills and the ability to time manage different roles. The successful candidate is expected to have knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry and the ability to teach physical chemistry at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

You can upload two documents with your application, please ensure this includes all of the following:

CV; A list of major research achievements to date and a starred list of top five publications, together with a short description (100 words max) of their significance;  Two page (maximum) description of the research plan you propose to pursue at UCL, including how the proposed research would contribute to the departments’ research profiles.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Claire Carmalt (Head of Department) c.j.carmalt@ucl.ac.uk , Professor Steve Price (Deputy Head of Department) s.d.price@ucl.ac.uk , or Professor Graham Worth (Head of Physical Chemistry Section) g.a.worth@ucl.ac.uk .

Any queries on the application process can be directed to either Nicola Phillips or Judith James at hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk, as we wish to encourage online applications.

 

Job Description 1804421

Closing Date

2 Jun 2019

 

Interview date

week commencing 1st of July

 

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.   This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff.

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Demonstrator Vacancies

Only available to UCL Chemistry Students - working a maximum of 20 hours per week. Work can not be carried out until we have seen and verified your right to work. If you work before this, you will not be paid for any hours you did.

Postgraduate employment opportunities - Chemistry Department

Applications are invited from postgraduate students who wish to be considered for the following posts

  • Postgraduate demonstrators
  • Ad-Hoc work in the department

Payment will be at Grade 5 pt 15 on the UCL salary scale, which is currently £12.88 per hour (including London Allowance).

Successful applicants will be issued with an 'As and When' contract valid until for the duration of your degree registration.

If you wish to apply to be considered for either of the above, please send your CV and a completed UCL Equal opportunities monitoring form to our HR Administrator, Ms Judith James from whom further details are available (Email: j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk) Please note your right to work must be checked before you commence work.

Your CV should contain the following information.

1. Full name

2. Address

3. Date of birth

4. Academic Qualifications

5. National Insurance No. (if known)

6. Your Student registration number

7. Your areas of expertise

8. The name of your Supervisor

9. Month and year your postgraduate studies are due to finish if you complete and submit your thesis on time.

Applications are welcome at any time throughout the year but you cannot be considered for any paid employment within the department until you have applied and been accepted.

You should not carry out any work until we have seen and verified your right to work, any work carried out before this period will not be paid.

 


 

Marie Curie Early Stage Research Studentships

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Studentship) , - Ref:1784988 (D/L: 24/5/2019)

UCL Department / Division          Chemistry

Location of position                     London

Grade                                             7

Hours                                             Full Time

Salary                                        
(inclusive of London allowance)  
£37,730 - £46,950 MCT Grade

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a 36-month PhD Studentship fully funded by the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action and available from March 2019. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Chemistry at UCL and be registered as a PhD student at UCL. The successful candidate will also go on secondments (lasting 1 to 2 months) to different teams of the ProtoMet Consortium.

A novel strategy for functional peptides synthesis in water will be used to investigate rate enhancement, network control and redox reactivity in key steps of triose glycolysis and related metabolic pathways. Triose glycolysis is a core metabolic pathway central to energy transduction and amino acid, sugar, nucleotide and lipid biosyntheses; this project will build upon our previous work, published in Nature Chemistry (Coggins & Powner Nat. Chem. 2017, 9, 310-317), reconstituted triose glycolysis in high yield under mild, prebiotically plausible conditions.

This is an exciting opportunity for a student with a strong chemistry background to tackle one of the biggest problems in science. A Chemistry-based degree with a strong knowledge of Organic Chemistry is an essential requisite, while some expertise in nucleotide or peptide chemistry is highly desirable.  The successful candidate will join a group of highly motivated scientists (5 post-doctoral Research Associates, 6 PhD students and 3 MRes students) working at UCL to elucidate the chemistry that underpins the Origins of Life on Earth. The student will gain experience of direct collaboration within the EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ProtoMet; GA # 813873), which is a European Training Network offering the opportunity to motivated international Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to address the tremendous challenge of understanding how prebiotic chemistry gave rise to life by training a new generation of scientists to think big, but also to work methodically and logically alongside colleagues from academia and industry. The student will contribute to the design, development and implementation of new chemical methods to explore catalysis, the chemical origins of life, peptide synthesis, nucleotide synthesis and reaction networks.

Additionally, Dr Powner is an investigator of the Simons Foundation (New York, USA), and the student would gain experience of broader international collaborative interactions within the on-going Simons Foundation Collaboration on the Origins of Life (www.simonsfoundation.org/life-sciences/origins-of-life/simons-collaboration-on-the-origins-of-life/).

The starting date for the contract is expected to be 1st June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions[1] eligibility requirements as an Early-Stage Researcher (ESR). At the date of recruitment[2], the candidate must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. A Master degree (MSc or MChem) in Chemistry or related area as well as knowledge of modern research techniques in Organic Chemistry is essential.

[1] Guide for applicants Marie Sk³odowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2018, at the link http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-itn_en.pdf

[2] The first day of employment of the Fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment /fellowship contract or equivalent direct contract).

The applicant can be of any nationality, but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment[1].

[1] Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Further Details

Interested candidates are strongly advised, prior to applying, to read carefully the Job Description & Person Specification below.

Applicants should include a CV and cover letter clearly explaining their interest in the ESR position and in investigating the origins of life and outline their eligibility for the ESR position.

To apply please click on this link.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr Matthew Powner - matthew.powner@ucl.ac.uk. Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James at j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk, and hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk.

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Closing Date: 24 May 2019

Job Description & Person Specification

Postdoctoral Research Vacancies


Research Fellow in Virtual Human Blood Flow Simulation, Ref: 1802717 - (D/L:26/5/2019)

UCL Department / Division   

Chemistry

Location of position

London

Grade

7

Hours

Full Time

Salary
(inclusive of London allowance)

£35,328 - £42,701 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will join a very active inter-disciplinary group in the Centre for Computational Science, and will work on the development and deployment of medical and clinical applications of the lattice-Boltzmann method for blood flow.

The postholder will work primarily on scientific applications of HemeLB, a flexible lattice-Boltzmann code for the simulation of blood flow, at the scale of the entire human body, in support of medical and clinical decision making and for physiological research. The postholder will be expected to engage closely in the development of software within the project, and with the verification and validation of the methods being deployed, in order to facilitate uptake of HemeLB within the context of CompBioMed.

The post is funded by the European Commission and is available immediately, for a period of 24 months initially.

Key Requirements

A PhD degree (or near to being awarded a PhD) degree—involving a substantial high-performance computing component—in physics, computer science, computer engineering, applied mathematics or chemistry, with experience in the lattice-Boltzmann method, is an essential requirement. Experience in high performance computing is also essential, alongside a proven ability to programme quickly and effectively in state-of-the-art high-performance computing environments.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 to £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Please include a publication list along with CV.

To apply for the vacancy please click on this link.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Peter Coveney (p.v.coveney@ucl.ac.uk). Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James – j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Closing Date:  26 May 2019

Job Description & Person Specification

 

Research Fellow in Computational Photocatalysis, - Ref:1803900 - (D/L: 27/5/2019)

UCL Department / Division   

Chemistry

Location of position

London

Grade

7

Hours

Full Time

Salary
(inclusive of London allowance)

£35,328 - £42,701 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Dr. Martijn Zwijnenburg, alongside the groups of Dr. Furio Cora and Dr. Ben Slater, in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The post is funded through a prestigious EPSRC Programme Grant, to work in a multidisciplinary team to develop new integrated computational and experimental approaches to the discovery of new inorganic, hybrid and organic materials and identify new materials in energy, information processing, catalysis.

The postholder will focus in particular on the study of photocatalytic processes by computational chemistry methods. They will computationally screen new (polymeric) photocatalysts for water splitting, while colleagues in Liverpool will synthesize the best leads predicted and test their activity. Specific activities will include the calculation of the optical and photocatalytic properties of polymers using advanced electronic structure methods (TD-DFT, CC2, CASSCF, CASPT2, BSE, deltaSCF, GW) and the acceleration of screening by exploration of low-cost alternatives to such methods.

The appointment is funded through the EPRSRC and is initially for one year.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Science, in depth knowledge of quantum chemical methods for excited state calculations, electronic localisation and/or electronic transport, working knowledge of organic/polymeric compounds, and experience with programming in Python and computational high-throughput screening of materials. They will be expected to work in a highly multidisciplinary collaborative team, and have effective communication skills.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 to £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Please include a publication list along with CV.

To apply for the vacancy please click on ths link.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Martijn Zwijnenburg (m.zwijnenburg@ucl.ac.uk).

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James – j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Closing Date: 27 May 2019

Job Description & Person Specification

 

Research Fellow in Nanoparticle and Liposome Probes and Tracers for Cancer Imaging, - Ref:1805777 - (D/L:9/6/2019)

UCL Department / Division   

Chemistry

Location of position

London

Grade

7

Hours

Full Time

Salary
(inclusive of London allowance)

£35,328 - £42,701 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Professor Alethea Tabor, in the Chemistry Department at University College London. The appointee will design, synthesise, characterize and develop probes and tracers, primarily liposome- and nanoparticle-based, to underpin a range of cancer imaging and therapeutic modalities. This position is a key component of the newly established Cancer Research UK City of London (CoL) Centre. This brings together research groups at UCL, KCL, Barts/QMUL and the Francis Crick Institute to make major advances in the development of biotherapeutics for the treatment of cancer.

We aim to develop new approaches to combine imaging and in vivo biochemical analysis with spatially targeted and image-guided physical therapies, and are developing new reagents and methods for CEST imaging, targeted phototherapy, photon beam therapy and image guided surgery.

The post is funded by Cancer Research UK for 2 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

A PhD (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry or a closely related subject is essential. Applicants must have excellent experimental skills and substantial experience in synthetic organic chemistry and characterization of organic compounds, liposome/nanoparticle formulation and characterization, and in the purification and analysis of complex bioconjugates. Knowledge and experience of peptide or lipid synthesis is desirable but not essential. There will be a high degree of interaction with other partners within the CoL Centre and multi-disciplinary objectives to be met. Excellent team-working and communication skills, and a keen interest in interdisciplinary research at the chemistry/physics/medicine interface, will therefore be required.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 to £32,607 per annum, including London Allowance of £3,092) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on this link.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Alethea Tabor (a.b.tabor@ucl.ac.uk).

Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James (j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk), as we wish to encourage online applications.

For further information on the research groups, please see:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/professor-alethea-b-tabor

http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=XGOLA94

http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=SWALK96

https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/tony.ng.html

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Closing Date: 9th June 2019

Job Description & Person Specification

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