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Two University Lectureships - Synthetic Organic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry seeks to appoint two talented and ambitious individuals to University Lectureships in synthetic organic chemistry, the appointments to be taken up in October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. These posts are equivalent to the rank of Assistant Professor in the USA and, subject to satisfactory completion of the probationary period, lead to tenured positions. The University has a merit-based promotions procedure leading to Reader (equivalent to Associate Professor) and Professor (equivalent to Full Professor).

We are looking for outstanding candidates whose research interests will complement or extend the current profile of synthetic organic chemistry research in the Department.

The successful applicants will have excellent records of research in synthetic organic chemistry, and will be expected to develop a dynamic, 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 organic chemistry, covering both specialized and core material.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in a relevant subject, significant post-doctoral experience, and strong evidence of research excellence. University Lecturers are expected to develop and lead their own research programmes, so must be able to demonstrate a significant degree of independence.

Information about the Department's research and teaching activities is available on the Department's website ( Informal enquiries about the positions can be made to Professor Matthew Gaunt (email: or Dr James Keeler, Head of Department (email:

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Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, publications list, contact details for three professional referees, and a statement (up to eight pages) covering research experience to date and research plans for the future, including how this research might be funded. You should also include a statement of not more than one page describing how you would contribute to promoting the participation and achievement of currently under-represented groups (including women) in chemistry.

We anticipate holding interviews in April or May 2021.

Please quote reference MA22158 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BAME background for these vacancies, as they are currently under-represented at this level in the University.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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