Job offer in england Research Fellow in Polymer Nanostructures at University of Birmingham

School of Chemistry

Duration: Fixed-term for up 24 hours

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work in the O’Reilly Group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. The project is a collaborative Leverhulme funded project with Professor Richard Napier at the University of Warwick in the area of materials and plant science. The project is focused on exploring the using of fluorescent polymer nanoparticles for the imaging of morphogenic gradients in plants.

The postholder will be responsible for a wide range of activities but primarily will be focused on undertaking original research and will involve a broad range of skills including synthesis, experimental development, application, data interpretation and scientific writing. Training will be provided in all of the component techniques but demonstrable experience in a number of the aspects is required. It is also expected that the postholder will have experience in multidisciplinary research and have excellent communication skills.

You should have completed, or be close to achieving, an experimental PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry or materials science and have significant polymer synthesis experience, preferably in radical polymerization and/or light-mediated polymerization. You should have synthetic experience that includes working a range of chemical synthesis methods as well as experience with the analysis of polymers and materials, including fluorescent polymers. Characterisation expertise by a range of techniques that includes molecular characterisation such as NMR, IR and chromatography as well as polymer characterisation such as SEC, DSC and TGA. Additionally, you will be expected to learn the cell and plant biology studies of these new materials in collaboration with the Warwick team. You should have a very strong record of publishing in leading international journals and/or at conferences and have good writing and proof reading skills.

For further information please contact Rachel O’Reilly, or telephone 0121 414 7757

The University is a family-friendly employer and the School of Chemistry welcomes flexible working to suit family or other commitments. The University has on-campus childcare facilities.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 59062 in all enquiries.

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