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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. Broadly the goal of the project is to design new catalyst scaffolds which are able to engage in non-covalent interactions with substrate molecules to allow contol of regioselectivity or site-selectivity in ensuing transformations. More specifically, the project will concern the development of strategies to control the selectivity of intermolecular radical reactions. In radical chemistry, whilst reactivity is often high, low selectivity is often the limiting factor and as such often the most selective radical reactions are intramolecular ones. By intramolecularising radical reactions by the use of temporary non-covalent interactions we aim to tackle outstanding problems in aromatic and aliphatic radical C-H functionalisation. For further details 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 synthetic methodology development during the PhD is essential. There may be some flexibility in the start date for an outstanding applicant.

Position is available from 1st February 2021.

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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 MA24210 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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