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Research Associate - Supramolecular Chemistry (Fixed Term)


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Professor Christopher Hunter in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge to work on an EPSRC programme to develop new approaches to template synthesis. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary team of several post-docs and PhD students based in Cambridge combining expertise in supramolecular chemistry, organic synthesis, polymer chemistry and computational chemistry.

The aim is to develop molecular systems that are capable of high fidelity template replication of molecular information.  The project will involve synthesis of oligomeric templates, and the development of reliable chemistry for using these systems in templating processes.  Relatively simple building blocks will be used so that a range of different strategies can be explored. The role will involve organic synthesis of the building blocks and templates; characterization of the three-dimensional structures of adducts; reaction optimization of template processes; kinetic/mechanistic analysis of reaction pathways.

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in chemistry. Experience in some or all of organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and physical organic chemistry is required. The appointees will be expected to give oral presentations on their work, write internal reports and produce draft publications, and relevant communication skills are required. In addition to their own research, the appointees will be expected to take some responsibility for the supervision and training of post-graduate and undergraduate research students and for the day-to-day running of the laboratory. 

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.

For queries regarding applying online for these posts, please contact Dr M Cristina Misuraca (e-mail:herchelsmith.orgchem@ch.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference MA15555 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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