Research Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

United Kingdom
£30,942 to £35,845
Jan 10, 2021
Feb 09, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
You will join an international collaboration looking at the synthesis and properties of endohedral fullerenes. You will be based at the University of Southampton, one of the UK's top research-intensive universities. Chemistry at Southampton has a national and international reputation for excellence with world-leading facilities.

Molecular surgery of endofullerenes is the process of using chemical reactions to open a hole in a fullerene cage, insert a small molecule or atom, and reform the original cage. The resulting endofullerenes, such as methane inside C60, denoted CH4@C60 display remarkable physical properties which allow the investigation of fundamental quantum effects. The work is synthetically challenging. You will develop methods for synthesis of NH3@C60 and O2@C60, as well as extending our methods for the incorporation of small molecule and atoms to C70. Some preparation of materials using our existing procedures is also expected, and the compounds you make will be studied in a number of laboratories and facilities worldwide. You will work as part of a team to ensure that materials of the required quantity and purity are produced on the timeframe needed for the physical investigations.

To be successful you will demonstrate skills in practical synthetic organic chemistry, together with a strong interest in working as part of a collaborative and cross-disciplinary team. You will have completed a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and have the ability to manage your time to deliver the required results. You will also be involved in the general running and maintenance of the laboratory whilst maintaining strict safety standards.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017. Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy** and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK's research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities. This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

**subject to qualifying criteria

For informal enquiries contact Prof. Richard Whitby ( ).

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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