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Academic Vacancies

Lecturer in Chemical Sustainability

UCL Department / Division

Chemistry

Grade

8

Hours

Full Time

 

Salary
(inclusive of London allowance)

£44,414 - £55,805 per annum

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

At the MFL we are setting up a hub for cross-cutting world-leading manufacturing research and education by taking a distinctive interdisciplinary approach. We are seeking a Lecturer in Chemical Sustainability, to develop and teach on our new postgraduate programme and contribute to our existing programmes where appropriate.

 

The postholder will be expected to undertake a leading role in the development of the chemical sustainability teaching programme at the MFL, including postgraduate student project supervision and assessment. They will also carry out world-class research in sustainable chemistry to complement or expand the multidisciplinary activities of the MFL. This includes raising funds in order to support their research programme and publishing research outputs in the broad area of chemical sustainability.

This is a permanent post.

Key Requirements

You must have a PhD in the Chemical Sciences (including Chemical Biology or Synthetic Biology) and experience of undergraduate teaching in organic and biological chemistry, both in person or digitally. You should also have the background and expertise to enable you to make significant contributions to research in chemical sustainability. This includes the ability to raise research funding and produce original, rigorous research outputs. Importantly, you must have the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment. Furthermore, experience of developing new programmes and modules and of supporting, assessing and supervising students is desirable. We are particularly keen to appoint someone with interdisciplinary research interests at the intersection between chemistry and the biological sciences with the expertise to teach courses in chemistry, molecular biology and synthetic biology.

 

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.

 

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the 'Apply Now' button below.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Daniele Castagnolo (d.castagnolo@ucl.ac.uk) and Prof Helen Hailes (h.c.hailes@ucl.ac.uk). Any queries on the application process can be directed to Rezwana Akhter – r.akhter@ucl.ac.uk.

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

Closing Date

28 February 2023

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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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Postgraduate Teaching Vacancies

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

Postgraduate employment opportunities - Chemistry Department

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

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

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (Grade 6)
Payment will be at Grade 6 pt 21 on the UCL salary scale, which is currently £15.32 per hour (including London Allowance).
The postholder will be required to assist in the teaching of undergraduate chemistry, in teaching (remote and or face to face) and marking of laboratory scripts for undergraduate chemistry laboratories, in outreach and widening participation activities and other related duties including providing support to module teams to develop online learning materials and activities, under direction of the module lead.

Please note:  Undergraduate students who carry out ad-hoc duties, or demonstrating at Workshops or Open Days will be paid at Grade 5 pt 20, which is currently £14.94 per hour and this will be organised through UniTemps. Again, they must see your Right to Work first before any work is done. Please contact our Chemistry HR team for guidance (hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk)

If you wish to apply for Postgraduate teaching/demonstrating, please go to the PG Teaching Moodle page at: https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk  'Chemistry Teaching for PhD Students and PDRA's', then to 'Contracts and Training' for a Job Description & Person Specification and further instructions. You can also email our Chemistry HR team for further details (Email: hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk).

Successful applicants will be issued with an FTE-based PGTA contract. For more information please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/postgraduate-teaching-assistant-code-practice.

A CV containing the following information will be required:

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.

Please note, your Right to Work (i.e. passport) must be checked before you commence work. Please arrange with a member of the Chemistry HR team for verification of your Right to Work.

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, and a contract has been set up.

 

 

Postdoctoral Research Vacancies 

Research Fellow in Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Anions in the Gas-Phase and in Liquid-Microjets

UCL Department / Division

Chemistry

Grade

7

Hours

Full-time

Salary (inclusive of London Allowance)

£38,308 -£46,155

Duties and Responsibilities

This research fellow position is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through Research Grant EP/T011637/1 “A bottom-up approach to the rational design of new bioluminescence emitters” and Programme Grant EP/V026690/1 “Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments”.

The overall objective of the research that will be undertaken by this research fellow is to deepen our understanding of the response of biologically relevant molecular anions, such as bioluminescence emitters and photoactive protein chromophores, to absorption of light, and the effects of interactions between the molecular anions and their surroundings.

The post is available from 01 April 2023 and for up to 24 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in experimental laser spectroscopy. They will have a good publication track record and a demonstrated commitment to excellence. Excellent laboratory skills are required. The successful candidate will be required to work in a collaborative team and have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.

 

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 (£38,308 - £46,155 including London Allowance) is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (£34,502 - £36,348 including London Allowance) 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.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below. Please attach a full CV including a list of publications and a letter of support outlining how they meet the requirements for the job.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Helen Fielding (h.h.fielding@ucl.ac.uk). Any queries on the application process can be directed to H Dansey (h.dansey@ucl.ac.uk).

 

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

 

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

 

Closing Date

28 February 2023

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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about the
UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL

 

Research Fellow in Synthetic Cells

UCL Department / Division

Chemistry

 

Grade

7

 

Hours

Full Time

 

Salary
(inclusive of London allowance)

£38,308 - £46,155 per annum

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Dr Michael Booth, in the Department of Chemistry at University College London, to explore novel mechanisms of communication between synthetic cells and living cells. Synthetic cells are emerging as a technology that might allow complex communication with living systems and overcome the limitations of alternative approaches. However, there are currently very limited options for the types of signal molecules that can be used with synthetic cells. The aim of this project is to generate synthetic cells that can communicate with living cells using a wide range of signal molecules, controllably upon illumination. The postholder will generate synthetic cells and explore novel mechanism for communication with living cells. We are seeking candidates with a background in synthetic biology, ideally with experience in generating giant/small unilamellar vesicles, carrying out assays with living cells, and/or working with nucleic acids. Candidates should be able to work independently and have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. They will be expected to work with other group members, including offering supervision and support to undergraduate and postgraduate students. This position is funded by the BBSRC for 11 months. A start date of March 2023 is preferable, however, this is negotiable.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in an area of Synthetic Biology or a related discipline. Experience with lipid vesicles, cellular assays, molecular biology and/or nucleic acids would be ideal. They will be required to work in a multidisciplinary, collaborative team and have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.

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 £34,502 to £36,348 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. 

 

Further Details

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

 

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

 

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Michael Booth, m.j.booth@ucl.ac.uk Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk

 

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

 

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

 

Closing Date

13 February 2023

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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about the
UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Organic Chemistry x 2

UCL Department / Division

Chemistry

 

Grade

6B/7

 

Hours

Full Time

 

Salary
(inclusive of London allowance)

UCL Grade 6B, salary £34,502 - £36,348 pa or UCL Grade 7, salary £38,308 - £46,155 pa

 

Applications are invited for two Post-Doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to work in the groups of Professors Matthew Powner and Tom Sheppard in the Department of Chemistry at University College London (UCL). The candidate will join a team of researchers addressing one of the most adventurous, yet important, questions being addressed by science (i.e. the origins of life), whilst simultaneously developing applications from the knowledge gained about chemical synthesis of biomolecules in water to the fields of synthetic and systems chemistry. The overall project goal is to explore the relationship between the chemical origins of life and robust catalytic procedures that are effective and synthetically valuable. Robust chemical reactions will be developed to explore the relationship between predisposed chemistry and the origins of life. The work will involve developing novel catalytic reactivity and exploiting nitrile reactivity, extending recently reported work from our groups including: Nature Chem. 14, 766–774 (2022); J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144, 10151–10155 (2022); Science 370, 865-869 (2022); Nature 571, 546–549 (2019); Nature Chem. 9, 584–589 (2017)). The successful applicants will join a highly motivated group working at the interface of organic and biological chemistry. The postholders will be required to carry out chemical research into the synthesis and function of biological and biomimetic molecules. The postholders will contribute to the design and implementation of research strategy, and provide full records, analyses and internal reports of all research outcomes. The positions are funded by EPSRC for up to 36 months. The candidates will join a research collaboration led by Prof Powner’s research team in the Department of Chemistry at the Bloomsbury Campus of University College London. Information about the groups can be found at: https://pownerlab.com/ https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/matthew-powner http://www.tomsheppard.info/

Key Requirements

The successful candidates will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in an area of organic chemistry or a discipline related to organic chemistry. Experience with NMR techniques and organic synthesis are essential. Experience of peptide synthesis, nucleotide synthesis or organo-catalysis is desirable. The successful candidates will have a good publication track record and a demonstrated commitment to excellence. Excellent laboratory skills are required. The successful candidates will be required to work in a collaborative team and have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.

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 £34,502 to £36,348 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. 

 

Further Details

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

 

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

 

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Matthew Powner, matthew.powner@ucl.ac.uk Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk

 

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

 

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

 

Closing Date

20 February 2023

Apply Now

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about the
UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL

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