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Academic Vacancies

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 £12.62 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.

Post-doctoral Research Vacancies

Grade: 7

Hours: Full-time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £34,635 - £41,864 per annum

Closing Date: 12 January 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking a talented computational scientist to work with Richard Catlow and Alexey Sokol (Department of Chemistry, University College London) on development and applications of hybrid Quantum Mechanical / Molecular Mechanical embedded cluster approaches to modelling spectroscopic signatures and reactivity of heterogeneous catalysts. The project will require fundamental methodological developments, their implementation in the ChemShell code and applications to modelling reactivity of transition metal doped zeolites with a focus on transition metal controlled nitrogen chemistry in zeolite and protein environments. The work on the project will be carried out in close collaboration with the team of ChemShell developers led by Tom Keal (STFC Daresbury) and experimental lead from Andrew Beale (UCL, Harwell Research Hub).

This appointment is funded by the EPSRC for three years 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 Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a related discipline, with a strong research record in theoretical, computational or mathematical physics, chemistry, materials science or applied mathematics, and an expertise of modelling either solid-state or molecular systems. Good experience in scientific coding will be essential for the role as will be a proven track record in mathematical modelling and theory development.

Candidates selected for interviews will be asked before the interview to provide an extended code sample from their previous research project along with a brief (1-page) description of the algorithm and programming solution used, and be prepared to explain during the interview the algorithmic decisions.

Please note, the 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 £30,316 - £31,967 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

To apply for the vacancy please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs and search ref: 1693683

Contacts

Further details about the vacancy are available from Prof. Richard Catlow (c.r.a.catlow@ucl.ac.uk) and Dr. Alexey Sokol (a.sokol@ucl.ac.uk.

Any queries on the application process should be directed to Judith James (j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk).

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which illustrates our commitment to addressing gender equality.

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.

Bronze Award

Grade: 7

Hours: Full-time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £34,635 - £41,864 per annum

Closing Date: 21st January 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work with Professor Peter Coveney at the Centre for Computational Science in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. The successful candidate will join a very active inter-disciplinary group and will work on the theory and implementation of novel algorithms to accelerate the performance of classical molecular dynamics codes on high performance computing platforms including those at the emerging exascale.

The postholder will contribute to the extension of established molecular dynamics codes, including LAMMPS and OpenMM in order to advance in silico advanced materials modelling and property prediction, drug discovery and clinical decision making for personalised drug treatment. The research will involve developing and implementing complex workflows which can be deployed on high performance computers and cloud environments. In addition, the postholder will support the administration of computing systems within the Centre for Computational Science.

The post is funded by CompBioMed and is available for a period of 18 months initially, and the appointment will start on 1st February 2018 or soon thereafter.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree in an area of Chemistry, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computational Biology or a related domain, with a significant component of bio-molecular modelling. They must be able to demonstrate extensive experience with molecular dynamics codes and have proven programming expertise, particularly involving high performance computing including exploiting accelerators such as GPU and FPGA.

Please note that 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 £30,316 to £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

To apply for the vacancy please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs and search ref: 1700766.

Contacts

Further details about the vacancy are available from

Prof Peter Coveney (p.v.coveney@ucl.ac.uk)

Any queries on the application process should be directed to Judith James (j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk).

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which illustrates our commitment to addressing gender equality.

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.

Bronze Award

Grade: 7

Hours: Full-time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £34,635 to £41,864 per annum

Closing Date: 14th February 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work in the group of Dr Derek Macmillan, in the Department of Chemistry at the Bloomsbury Campus of University College London. This EPSRC-funded position is available working in the field of chemical biology. The project aims to utilize genetic tools to enable introduction of modified amino acids into proteins. The project will further aim to use these introduced amino acids to facilitate selective protein conjugation reactions and template the formation of complex biomolecules. The postholder will be required to design and execute efficient synthetic pathways to modified peptides as model systems as well as create libraries of mutant tRNA synthetase enzymes. The project will make extensive use of selection and screening approaches to identify tRNA synthetase clones capable of aminoacylating tRNA and incorporating our modified amino acids into target proteins.

The post is funded by the EPSRC for 24 months initially, and is available as soon as possible. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated group working at the interface of organic and biological chemistry.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must possess a strong background in organic chemistry and also elements of molecular and cell biology (ideally PCR and genetic library creation, molecular cloning and protein expression from E. coli) although some training can be given. The successful candidate will have a PhD. in Organic Chemistry/ Chemical Biology or about to be awarded a PhD.

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 £30,316 - £41,864 p.a. including London Allowance of £3,031 p.a.) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

To apply for the vacancy please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs and search ref:1706729

Contacts

Further details about the vacancy are available from Dr. Derek Macmillan (d.macmillan@ucl.ac.uk).

Any queries on the application process should be directed to Judith James (j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk).

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which illustrates our commitment to addressing gender equality.

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.

Bronze Award

Grade: 7

Hours: Full-time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £31,604 - £38,833 per annum

Closing Date: 13th February 2018

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position that will be based at HarwellXPS in Oxfordshire. HarwellXPS is the newly established National XPS Service for the UK, and is a collaboration between Cardiff University and UCL. The service will provide access to XPS instrumentation and expert advice on analysis for UK researchers in academia and industry. Users will be able to access seven instruments in total, located over four sites. The main hub of the facility will be at Harwell, on the Science and Innovation Campus, next to Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron Source. Two state of the art spectrometers will be installed early in 2018. The service will be run by two Research Associates who will liaise with users, assist with analysis, and conduct their own research. This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with cutting edge XPS analysis across a very wide range of physical science and engineering. The successful candidate will join a highly motivated team and will have the opportunity to form extensive networks within the UK research community, as well as pursuing their own research programme using the facilities.

The successful applicant will conduct photoemission spectroscopy and related analytical techniques as part of the UK National XPS Service, HarwellXPS. The role will involve liaising with users, maintaining the equipment and conducting training as necessary.

The appointments are funded by EPSRC for 3 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must possess a strong background in photoemission spectroscopy and surface analysis, as well as the motivation to conduct their own research programme in addition to operating the XPS user service. Experience in collection and analysis of XPS data is essential, as is the ability to conduct training sessions for user groups as well as 1-on-1 training. Experience of vacuum system maintenance and other surface analysis techniques are desirable. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related discipline, or about to be awarded a PhD.

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 £27,285 - £28,936 p.a.) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

HarwellXPS Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/harwell-xps

To apply for the vacancy please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs and search Ref:1707878

 

Contacts

Further details about the vacancy are available from Dr Robert Palgrave (r.palgrave@ucl.ac.uk

Any queries on the application process should be directed to Judith James (j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk).

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which illustrates our commitment to addressing gender equality.

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.

Bronze AwardResearch Associate in Carbon Nitride-based Nanomaterials
Research Associate in Carbon Nitride-based Nanomaterials, Ref:1722705 (D/L:25/05/2018)
UCL Department / Division Chemistry
Location of position             London
Grade                                     7
Hours                                     Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance)  £34,635 - £41,864 per annum
 
Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work jointly with Professor PF McMillan and Dr CA Howard in the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy at UCL. The project is funded by the European Union via the Graphene Flagship Core 2 programme to develop functionalised graphene-like materials for fuel cells and related energy conversion and storage applications leading to commercial devices. The work will involve fundamental and applied research into the design, synthesis, testing and scaled-up production of layered graphene-related materials (GRM) for electrochemical and energy-related applications.

The postholder will carry out research into the synthesis, functionalisation and characterisation of the catalysts and support materials. They will carry out structural studies using laboratory and synchrotron X-ray or neutron scattering techniques and will investigate electrochemical properties relevant to fuel cell catalyst devices and operations.

Start date will be by negotiation and the appointment is funded for a period of 12 months initially.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must have a strong background in experimental physical sciences including demonstrated experience with chemical synthesis and structural-physical properties characterisation of functionalised GRM nanomaterials and related layered solids. They must also demonstrate experience with electrochemical characterisation and data analysis for the new materials. They must hold a PhD (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Materials Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.

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 £30,316 - £31,967 per annum, 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 & Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

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

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Paul F McMillan (p.f.mcmillan@ucl.ac.uk) or Dr Chris Howard (c.howard@ucl.ac.uk).

Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to Judith James - j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
 
Closing Date 25 May 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59
Interview date TBC
 
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 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.

Job Descripion & Person Specification

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Research Associate in Inorganic Chemistry, Ref 1722713 (D/L:15/05/2018)

UCL Department / Division  Chemistry

Location of position              London

Grade                                      7
Hours                                      Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance)  £34,635 to £41,864 per annum
 
Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work in the Department of Chemistry at University College London on a project supervised by Prof. Xiao Guo. The project involves the synthesis and characterisation of highly effective low-dimensional structures for hydrogen purification and chemical / electrochemical energy storage.  Such structures may be produced by top-down (oxidation / exfoliation), bottom-up (molecular polymerisation / assembly) and/or a combination of different routes to achieve highly functional properties for targeted applications.

The postholder will be expected to develop sorbents and membranes, based on graphene and graphene-oxide structures, and metal-organic frameworks, working closely with other researchers and making full use of the wide range of research facilities in the research group.

The post is fixed term and is available for a period of 6 months. The appointment is funded by the EPSRC.

Key Requirements

The appointee must have experience of working in a research environment in experimental synthesis and characterisation of nanostructures and materials. It is essential that the appointee have experience of one or more of the following: synthesis of carbon-based structures, hydrogen storage / purification, catalyst and electrode structures for batteries or fuel cells, XRD/SEM/TEM techniques, and TG/DSC/BET analyses. The successful candidate will have a PhD (or about to be awarded a PhD) in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or a related subject.

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 £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

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

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

For informal enquiries, please contact Xiao Guo – z.x.guo@ucl.ac.uk. Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to Judith James - j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk.

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
Closing Date   15 May 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications 23.59
Interview date TBC
 
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 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 Associate in Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Ref: 17229898 (D/L:25/05/2018)
UCL Department / Division Chemistry
Location of position             London
Grade                                     7
Hours                                     Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £34,635 to £41,864 per annum
 
Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work in the group of Dr Derek Macmillan, in the Department of Chemistry at the Bloomsbury Campus of University College London. This Leverhulme Trust-funded position is available working in the field of synthetic peptide chemistry and chemical biology. The project aims to develop new methods to enable the synthesis of constrained peptides via selective sidechain activation. See Macmillan D. gGoing Round in Circles with N¨S Acyl Transfer.h Synlett. 2017;28(13):1517 for a recent overview.  The project will further aim to explore new approaches to rapidly confirm the successful formation of new molecular topologies, and to assess biological activity. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated group working at the interface of organic and biological chemistry. 

The postholder will be required to design and execute efficient synthetic pathways to novel amino acid building blocks, incorporating them into model and target peptides. Linear peptide precursors will be activated and screened for formation of novel and desired molecular topologies.  Formation of the desired topology will be confirmed using a suitable bioassay.

The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for 3 years initially, and is available as soon as possible.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate must possess a strong background in organic chemistry with some specialization in amino acid and peptide chemistry.  Knowledge and practical experience with basic cell biology would be ideal although some training can be given.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Organic Chemistry/ Chemical Biology or about to be awarded a PhD. 

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 £30,316 - £31, 967 p.a. including London Allowance of £3,031 p.a.) 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 the 'Apply Now' link at the bottom.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Derek Macmillan (d.macmillan@ucl.ac.uk).

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

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
Closing Date 25 May 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59
Interview date TBC
 
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 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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