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Research Associate - Synthetic Organic 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 on a specific project under the supervision of Dr Robert Phipps. This project will be aimed at developing novel regioselective and enantioselective C-H bond functionalisation reactions using free radicals, elaborating on recently published work (Science, 2018, 360, 419). Radicals will be generated primarily using photocatalysts and the project will explore the potential for new methodology development using this approach. For further datails please contact

Applicants should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry. Experience in modern synthetic techniques in a leading environment is essential, particularly in the development of new methodology. A strong track record in catalysis during the PhD is essential.

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 relating to your application or the application process, please contact Dr Robert Phipps on (email:

Please quote reference MA15556 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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