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University Lecturer: Theoretical Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry, in conjunction with Girton College, invites applications for a University Lectureship in theoretical chemistry to be taken up as soon as possible. We seek to appoint a person whose research interests will complement or extend the current profile of theoretical chemistry research in the Department. All areas of theoretical chemistry are eligible; applicants engaged in the development of novel methods in fundamental theory are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of independent research in theoretical chemistry or closely-related areas, and will be expected to lead and develop a vigorous, high quality and externally-funded research programme at an international level. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research is strongly encouraged across the university and its associated institutes.

Candidates must demonstrate a firm commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Department, and will be expected to contribute to and develop courses within the general area of theoretical chemistry, as well as teaching topics in core theoretical chemistry.

The successful applicant will also be elected to an Official Fellowship and Lectureship at Girton College, and will be expected to offer between 4 and 6 hours per week (during term-time) of tutorial-style teaching of undergraduate students in chemistry, as well as being involved in Direction of Studies.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in a relevant subject, significant post-doctoral experience, and strong evidence of research excellence. Appointment will be to the retiring age, subject to a probationary period of five years.

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, a CV, publications list, contact details for three referees, and a statement (up to eight pages) covering research experience to date and research plans for the future, including a discussion of how the research might be funded.

Information about the Department's research and teaching activities is available on the Department's website ( Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Professor David Wales (

We anticipate holding interviews in late March or April 2019.

Please quote reference MA17685 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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