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RESEARCH FELLOW IN AUTOMATED POLYMER CHEMISTRY – GRADE 7

Employer
University of Liverpool
Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£38,205 – £44,264 pa
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Discipline
Applied Science, Chemistry
Job Type
Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Duration
Permanent
Qualification
PhD
Sector
Academia

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Physical Sciences

Department Of Chemistry

RESEARCH FELLOW IN AUTOMATED POLYMER CHEMISTRY – GRADE 7

Job Ref: 082066

Salary: £38,205 – £44,264 pa

A Research Fellow position is available in the group of Professor A. I. Cooper FRS to work in a team of scientists funded by the E.P.S.R.C. Prosperity Partnership ‘Cleaner Futures (Next-Generation Sustainable Materials for Consumer Products)’. The part of the project led by Prof. Cooper will focus on two key objectives: 1) development of automated and robot-assisted methods for polymer synthesis, reaction monitoring and evaluation of physicochemical properties (e.g., biodegradability and solubility) of polymers. 2) To apply model-driven automation to polymer synthesis and properties characterisation platforms.

You will have a key role in developing automated methodologies for polymer chemistry and will work closely with roboticists and engineers in the Cooper group and other collaborators. The aim is to use automation to accelerate materials discovery and where possible to free up researcher time. You should have a PhD in relevant field (Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering etc.), expertise in polymer or materials chemistry is essential and any automation/high-throughput experience would be advantageous.

The project will deliver a wide range of outcomes and impacts including new scientific platforms for designing and inventing renewable and biodegradable materials, and new routes to make these materials. We will exploit unique high-throughput robotic synthesis capabilities, coupled with optimisation algorithms. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with unique robotic platforms and to gain experience that could help to launch a career either in academia or in industry.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area or field related to this project (Chemistry, Materials Science, etc.)

If you are still awaiting your PhD to be awarded you will be appointed at Grade 6, spine point 30.  Upon written confirmation that you have been awarded your PhD, your salary will be increased to Grade 7, spine point 31.

This is a fixed-term post is available for 2 years.

The University of Liverpool is committed to enhancing workforce diversity. We actively seek to attract, develop, and retain colleagues with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We welcome applications from all genders/gender identities, Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, individuals living with a disability, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Closing date: 23 July 2024.