Research Officer
Swansea University
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
4d ago

Main Purpose of the Post

The goal of this project, funded by the EPSRC, is to design and develop a series of novel porous polymeric materials, aiming to improve the efficiency of base-catalysed reactions for renewable green fuel generation and other commercially and environmentally important reactions.

It will involve a combination of synthetic skills, computational studies and expertise in general and specifically targeted heterogeneous catalysis.

Main Duties

  • Pro-actively contribute to and conduct research, including synthesis of precursors, monomers and polymers, characterisation and analysing of the data and presentation of the results, exhibiting a degree of independence in terms of specifying the focus and direction of that research.
  • Assist in supervising graduate students.
  • Contribute to the development of the experimental technique.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and daily running of the lab.
  • Prepare reports, draft patents and papers describing the results of the research, both confidential and for publication.
  • The appointee is expected to be actively engaged in the writing and publishing of research papers, particularly those intended for publication in peer reviewed journals or comparable as a normal part of their role.

  • Be self-motivated, apply and use their initiative, aiming to determine suitable ways to tackle challenges and seeking guidance when needed
  • Use creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes
  • Interact positively and professionally with other collaborators and partners within the College, elsewhere in the University and beyond both in industry / commerce and academia.
  • Contribute pro-actively to the development of external funding applications to support their own work, that of others and the College and the Institution in general.
  • The appointee will be expected as a normal part of their work to be actively engaged in writing, or contributing to writing such applications.

  • Contribute to College organisational matters in order to help it run smoothly and to help raise its external research profile.
  • Keep informed of developments in the field in both technical and specific terms and the wider subject area and the implication for commercial applications and the knowledge economy or academia.
  • When requested act as a representative or member of committees, using the opportunity to extend their own professional experience.
  • Demonstrate and evidence own professional development, identifying development needs with reference to Vitae Researcher Development Framework particularly with regard to probation, performance reviews, and participation in training events.
  • Maintain and enhance links with the professional institutions and other related bodies.
  • Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance.
  • This includes ensuring project log-book records are deposited with the University / Principal Investigator on completion of the work

  • To promote equality and diversity in working practices and maintain positive working relationships
  • Essential criteria :

  • The ideal candidate must have a PhD degree in organic synthesis / materials chemistry or related science.
  • Evidence of the capacity for active engagement in designing research and writing, or contributing to writing.
  • Evidence of active engagement, personal role, and contribution to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for peer reviewed journals (e.
  • g. being first or corresponding authors in specialist materials or catalysis journals).

  • Experience in organic synthesis of precursors and monomers and their organic characterisation (e.g. FT-IR, NMR, UV-Vis, MS)
  • Experience in the synthesis and characterisation (e.g. BET, pore size distribution, TGA, GPC) of microporous polymeric materials, especially Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity (PIMs).
  • Experience in heterogeneous catalysis and running catalytic tests (e.g. GC-MS, GC-FID, NMR)
  • Ability to demonstrate significant independence of focus and direction in research determining ’what, why, when and with whom' to progress work.
  • Experience of supervising undergraduate or postgraduate student projects
  • A commitment to continuous professional development
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience as a post-doctoral researcher in the fields of organic chemistry / material chemistry
  • Experience in performing computer modelling.
  • Experience in x-Ray crystallography for structure determination.
  • Experience in reaction optimisation and scale-up
  • Background

    The research group is part of the new department of chemistry. The group will have access to a new purpose - built modern laboratory as well as to advanced research infrastructures made available by the college of science and Swansea university.

    Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

    Please contact Dr Mariolino Carta, Lecturer in Chemistry mariolino.carta

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