Research Assistant in Chemistry and Entomology Ref 8793
School/department: Life Sciences- Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 14 months
Salary: starting at £30,497 to £34,304 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 06 June 2022
Closing date: 24 June 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 August 2022
- We wish to appoint a motivated individual as a Research Assistant in chemistry and entomology to work on the use of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as slow release vectors of semiochemicals in pest control.
- The person will work on a Leverhulme-funded project led by Professor John Spencer (Chemistry) and Professor William Hughes (Evolution, Behaviour & Environment) in the School of Life Sciences. The project is in collaboration with Prof Andy Burrows (University of Bath).
- The work will involve the analysis of pheromone-loaded MOFs, synthesised at Bath, on pest control. The successful candidate will conduct headspace analysis of pheromone levels, investigate effects of the MOFs on the behaviour of leaf-cutting ants and other insects, and synthesise and tailor ligands to maximise MOF-pheromone interactions.
- The successful applicant will have theoretical and practical experience in synthetic organic chemistry and related analytical techniques, educated up to Masters level. A thorough knowledge of organic synthesis, NMR and mass spectrometric characterisation of organic molecules is essential and a good knowledge of entomology is desirable for this post.
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