Research Fellow in Molecular Magnetism and MOF Chemistry Ref 5496

School/department: School of Life Sciences - Chemistry
Hours:full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 20 months
Reference: 5496
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Placed on: 15 February 2021
Closing date:  15 March 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 July 2021

Job description

Following the award of an UKRI New Horizons Grant to Prof. Richard Layfield, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available for an outstanding chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic coordination chemistry applied in molecular magnetism. The project will entail the design, synthesis and measurement of new lanthanide single-molecule magnets and their encapsulation in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The position, which lasts for up to 20 months, must be taken up by 1st July 2021.

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 MOF chemistry is advantageous, and you should ideally have experience of organic chemistry for the purposes 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 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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