Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Organometallic Chemistry x 2 Ref 21045/21046

School/department: School of Life Sciences - Chemistry
Hours: Full-time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term for 36 months
Reference: 21045 / 21046
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum, pro rata if part-time.
Placed on:  26 June 2023
Closing date: 26 July 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed.
Expected start date: 01/10/2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

  • Following the award of an EPSRC standard grant to Prof. Richard Layfield, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available for an outstanding chemist to undertake research in the field of lanthanide and actinide organometallic chemistry. The project will entail the design, synthesis and measurement of new f-element organometallic complexes in low oxidation states. Two positions are available, both of which last for up to 36 months and are available from 1st October 2023.
  • The ideal candidate will have, or should be close to completing, a PhD or equivalent in synthetic organometallic/coordination chemistry. Expertise in the synthesis and structural characterization of air-sensitive 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 ligand synthesis. The successful applicant will also demonstrate a willingness to learn about magnetic property measurements and associated data analysis techniques. 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 ( for informal inquiries.

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