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Herchel Smith Research Fellow in Organic/Biological Chemistry

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, tenable from 1 October 2018, to pursue research within the general field of organic or biological chemistry. The Fellowship is intended to provide an opportunity for an outstanding and highly motivated scholar to focus exclusively on research at an early stage in his/her academic career, to develop academic potential, and to produce research of an international standard within the field. The Fellow will be assigned to and work in collaboration with an established research group in the Department of Chemistry.

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, applicants must have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, at any university within the last three years, but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard. Fellowships can be offered only to those with less than three years of post-doctoral experience at the time the Fellowship is taken up. In addition to holding a PhD or equivalent, candidates should provide evidence of: outstanding academic excellence; a high quality and original research proposal; and evidence of their potential as an independent researcher.

As well as a stipend on the University's post-doctoral research associate scale, there is a research allowance of up to £15,000 per annum.

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.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, publications list, a research proposal (up to four pages), and the names and contact details of three academic referees. The cover letter should indicate which research group(s) in the Department of Chemistry the applicant would be interested in joining. Applicants might find it beneficial to contact potential research supervisors before submitting their application.

Information about research in the Department of Chemistry is given at:

Please quote reference MA13380 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. Informal enquiries about the vacancy can be sent to Dr Howard Jones (email:

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