2 x Research Fellow in Organometallic Chemistry and Molecular Magnetism REF 5249

School/department: School of Life Sciences - Chemistry
Hours: full time or part time hours  considered up to a maximum of  1  FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 31/08/2021.
Reference: 5249
Salary: starting at £ 33,797 to £ 40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.Placed on:  8 January 2021
Closing date:  25 January 2021    Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date:  1 March 2021


Job description

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available for an outstanding chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic organometallic chemistry applied in molecular magnetism. The project will entail the design, synthesis and measurement of new lanthanide single-molecule magnets. The position, which lasts for 6 months, is available from 01 March 2021.

The ideal candidate will have, or should be close to completing, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic organometallic chemistry. Expertise in the synthesis and structural characterization of air-sensitive lanthanide organometallic compounds (including glove-box techniques) are essential.

The successful applicant will have experience in experimental aspects of small-molecule structure determination by X-ray crystallography, from crystal growth to preparation of data for publication. Experience of solution-phase NMR spectroscopy is advantageous, and you should ideally have experience of organic chemistry for the purposes of ligand synthesis.

The successful applicant will have experience magnetic property measurements as applied to single-molecule magnets and associated data analysis techniques. Candidates with experience of synthesizing alkali metal complexes of cyclobutadienyl ligands, and their subsequent use in the synthesis of lanthanide cyclobutadienyl complexes are strongly encouraged to apply.

You should be capable of working under your own initiative and leading a small research team consisting of PhD and undergraduate research students. Excellent communication and organizational skills are therefore required.

 Please contact Professor Richard Layfield by email (R.Layfield@sussex.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

 The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

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How to apply

Download our academic application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunties form [DOC 108.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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