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Academic Vacancies

Associate Professor in Chemical Sustainability: Ref 1876870 (Closing date: 02/08/2021)
 

UCL Department / Division Department of Chemistry

Location of position London

Grade 9

Hours Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £57,342 - £62,346 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 looking for an Associate Professor 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 an open-ended post available from September 2021.

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 and digitally. You should also have a background and expertise to enable you to make significant contributions to research in chemical sustainability and 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, we expect you to have experience of developing new programmes and modules and of supporting, assessing and supervising students.

Further Details

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

To apply please go to UCL Vacancies.  

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 (2 page max)
  • Full publication list
  • Two x 2-page descriptions of the research plan you propose to pursue at UCL, including how the proposed research would contribute to the MFL and Department’s research profiles.
  • Teaching experience to date (1 page max)

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Claire Carmalt (Head of Department), c.j.carmalt@ucl.ac.uk or  Professor Helen Hailes (Chemistry MFL Lead), h.c.hailes@ucl.ac.uk.   Any queries on the application process can be directed to Nicola Phillips (hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk).

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date: 02 August 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:56

Interview date: 6th and 7th September 2021

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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

Please use these links to find out more about the UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.

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 Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics - Ref: 1877737 (Closing date: 20/08/21)

UCL Department / Division:  Chemistry

Location of position: London

Grade: 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)  £36,028 - £43,533 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow available to work in Prof Helen Fielding’s research group in the UCL Department of Chemistry, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Grant EP/V026690/1, Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments. The project is a collaboration between Professors Helen Fielding and Graham Worth (UCL), Professor Andrew Orr-Ewing FRS and Dr Tom Oliver (University of Bristol), Professors Mark Brouard and Claire Vallance (University of Oxford), Professor Jon Marangos (Imperial College) and Dr Basile Curchod (Durham University).
 
The Research Fellow will undertake laboratory studies of the mechanisms of photochemical reactions of organic molecules on ultrafast timescales, with the objective of understanding how these photochemical dynamics are affected by interactions with a surrounding solvent or protein. The key technique to be employed will be femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy using both a molecular beam velocity map imaging photoelectron spectrometer and a liquid-microjet magnetic bottle photoelectron spectrometer. These experiments will be carried out at UCL. There will also be opportunities to participate in complementary experiments using the Artemis facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and at international facilities.
 
The position is funded by an EPSRC grant, and the appointment will be for 36 months initially. The start date is some time after 1 September 2021.
 

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in some area of laser spectroscopy studying molecular photochemistry and have experience running and trouble-shooting complex instrumentation. They will have a good publication track record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence, and excellent skills in lab. 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, an initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,542 - £33,257 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. 

To apply for the vacancy please go to UCL Vacancies

Please include a cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the post and include a list of publications and conference presentations along with your CV.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to ProfessorHelen Fielding (h.h.fielding@ucl.ac.uk). Any queries on the application process can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date:  20 August 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59

Interview date TBC

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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 UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.

 
 
 
Research Fellow in DNA Nanotechnology - Ref: 1877808 (Closing date: 17/08/2021)

UCL Department / Division:  Chemistry

Location of position: London

Grade: 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)  £36,028 - £43,533 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will work with Professor Stefan Howorka in the Department of Chemistry at University College London in a molecular biology position of the project, ‘Elucidating Membrane Fusion with DNA Nanostructures‘.
 
The postholder will be required to design and create DNA nanostructures that interact with lipid vesicles. The hybrid nanopores will be used to detect diagnostically and biochemically important protein analytes via electrical single-molecule sensing. The DNA structures will be tested within the group and with international collaborators specialising in single-molecule fluorescence analysis.
 
The post is funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program until 30 September 2023 in the first instance.
 

Key Requirements:

 
The successful candidate will have a PhD degree or equivalent or will have submitted their thesis prior to taking up the position, in Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biological Chemistry, Nanobiotechnology, Physics (or equivalent) and possess experience in the following areas: DNA nanotechnology, lipid bilayers. Experience in the biophysical characterisation using TEM or fluorescence microscopy is desirable.
All posts that are based outside of London, for example at Harwell, will not have London Allowance included in the salary.
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 6 (salary £31,542 - £33,257 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. 

To apply for the vacancy please go to UCL Vacancies

Please include a cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the post and include a list of publications and conference presentations along with your CV.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Stefan Howorka (s.howorka@ucl.ac.uk). Any queries on the application process can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date:  17 August 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59

Interview date TBC

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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 UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.

 
 
Research Fellow in Energy Materials - Ref: 1877895 (Closing date: 28/08/2021)

UCL Department / Division:  Chemistry

Location of position: London

Grade: 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)  £36,028 - £43,533 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Dr Yang Xu in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a research project to develop electrode materials for the emerging calcium-ion battery technology. The key focus of the project will be investigating the effect of materials’ crystallinity on calcium-ion mobility in materials.
 
The postholder will be required to carry out the implementation of this research project, including the design and synthesis of materials, the control and characterisation of their crystallinity, the protocols for electrochemical evaluation, and the mechanistic investigation of electrochemical ion storage.
 
This position is funded by Leverhulme Trust. The position is for 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related area. Experience in inorganic materials synthesis, standard characterisation techniques, and electrochemical test and analysis is essential. Experience of working with multivalent ion batteries and in-situ/in-operando characterisation is desirable. We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in research of beyond-lithium battery chemistries. 
 
Candidates should be able to work independently and have excellent written and oral communication skills in English. They will be expected to work closely with existing group members, including offering supervision and support to undergraduate and postgraduate students. They will also work loosely and liaise with collaborators in other departments and universities.
 
Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, the initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £31,542 - £33,257 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. 
 

To apply for the vacancy please go to UCL Vacancies

Please include a cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the post and include a list of publications and conference presentations along with your CV.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Yang, y.xu.1@ucl.ac.uk
 
Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk
 
Closing Date: 28 August 2021
 

Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59

Interview date TBC

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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 UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.

Research Fellow in Complex Materials - Ref: 1877991 (Closing Date: 25/08/2021)

UCL Department / Division:  Chemistry

Location of position: London

Grade: 7

Hours: Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance)  £36,028 - £43,533 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the Complex Materials group of Prof. Christoph Salzmann at the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The research group has been awarded a two-million Euro research grant by the European Research Council. Using new and unique experimental approaches, the aim of the CARBONICE project is to investigate the interface and interplay between water and carbon in detail. This includes studies into the hydration of hydrophobic species, the formation of clathrate hydrates, the nucleation and crystallization of ice at the carbon interface, and water-desorption processes relevant for atmospheric and cometary environments.
 
The postholder will be required to prepare samples using cryogenic vapour deposition techniques that have been well-established in our lab. Sample characterisation will include a range of diffraction, thermal and spectroscopic techniques at UCL as well as state-of-the-art total scattering techniques at ISIS, the UK’s neutron and muon source.
 
The appointment will be for 15 months initially, starting October 2021 up until December 2022.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemistry, Physics or a closely related subject. Expertise with neutron diffraction experiments and the analysis of total scattering data are desirable. They should have an appropriate publication track record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence, and exceptional practical skills. They will be expected to work in a highly 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 £31,542 - £33,257 per annum inclusive of 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 go to UCL Vacancies

Please include a cover letter explaining how you meet the criteria for the post and include a list of publications and conference presentations along with your CV.

Formal applications require the completion of the online application form and should include a CV, contact details of two referees and publication list as well as a cover letter containing (i) a statement of motivation, and (ii) a description of skills and experiences. Further details of the research activities of the Complex Materials group at UCL can be found at www.salzmannlab.org
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof. Christoph Salzmann (c.salzmann@ucl.ac.uk). 
 
Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk
 
Closing Date: 25 August 2021
 

Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59

Interview date TBC

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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 UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.

 

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