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Research Associate - Composite materials synthesis (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the research group of Dr Andrew Wheatley at the Department of Chemistry from 1 September 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project aims to generate new heterostructured nanomaterials for applications in small molecule activation. The successful candidate will focus on preparing metal/metal oxide nanocomposites for inclusion into metal-organic frameworks. The resulting materials will be characterized in detail both before and after testing for their ability to catalyze the oxidation of methane. This part of the project will be conducted in close collaboration with the group of Dr Alex Orlov at Stony Brook University, New York.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in synthetic chemistry, nanomaterials, catalysis or a related field. Expertize in the synthesis of heterostructured nanomaterials (metal and metal-oxide nanoparticles and nanocomposites), knowledge of metal-organic frameworks, hands-on experience of electron microscopy ((S)TEM, SEM), XRD, catalysis and small molecule activation are essential. Exposure to EDX, EELS, FIB and XPS would be advantageous.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries regarding the post, please contact Dr Andrew Wheatley (email:

Please quote reference MA12771 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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