These two posts, which are available as .85FTE, are available from October 2012 for a period of 3.5 years in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry under the supervision of Dr Eva Hevia. The Department has one of the largest chemistry research schools in the UK and is part of WestCHEM, the joint research school of chemistry for the West of Scotland (with the University of Glasgow). The Hevia group has recently been awarded a €1.5 million European Research Council Starting Grant to develop the exploitation of bimetallic reagents in organic synthesis, focusing on their catalytic applications. You will gain invaluable experience in an exciting, rapidly-developing area of organic and organometallic chemistry, receiving extensive training in the synthesis and characterization of organic molecules and in the manipulation of organometallic reagents (using Schlenk lines and glove boxes) as well as in the use of key characterization and purification techniques (including advanced NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, HPLC, GC-MS, flash chromatography, etc.).
Transferable skills will also be developed by presenting results in group meetings and at national/international research conferences. The work will be performed in a new state-of-the art organometallic synthetic laboratory. You will have a first Class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, have some experience in characterization and purification techniques for organic/organometallic molecules and have good communication skills. 2.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE Applicants are required to complete an application form and indicate the name of three referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer. Please note that these referees may be contacted by the University without permission unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. You should attach to your application, in a single document, a CV and cover letter explaining why you have the energy, skills, knowledge and understanding of Higher Education or other „not for profit‟ sectors to make a real difference in the post. Applications should be completed using the online form where possible.
If you need to download the application form, please scan and send it with the accompanying document to email@example.com, with the job reference in the subject line. Postal applications should be sent to Human Resources, University of Strathclyde, McCance Building, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ. All applications must be received by 13 June 2012. Online applications will be acknowledged electronically.
Applicants who have requested a job pack and wish an acknowledgement of their paper application should address and stamp the enclosed postcard. Formal interviews for the post will be held during 20-21 June 2012. 3. DUTIES OF THE POST Main Activities/Responsibilities To carry out experimental research in the areas of organic and organometallic synthesis.
To provide assistance in the design of the research programme and the interpretation of results emerging from the project. To help supervising/training undergraduate students in the group, and contribute to the day- to-day running of the laboratory. To provide assistance in the design and undertaking of the research programme. To present the work at national/international chemistry conferences.
4. PERSON SPECIFICATION The following criteria are considered essential:- 1st Class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry Some experience in characterization and purification techniques for organic/organometallic molecules Good communication skills Self-motivated Enthusiastic Mature Team player Approachable Confident and competent researcher Good Time-management skills The following criteria are considered desirable:- Experience working in industry Some experience in synthesis and characterization of organic molecules Some experience in the manipulation of organometallic reagents Research publications 5. THE PROJECT Designed to meet many of the important challenges facing synthetic chemists, this project will focus on the development of new innovative mixed-metal reagents, which combine two metals with markedly different polarities in the same molecule. Building on our recent advances in this area, this research programme will deliver new regioselective organobimetallic reagents designed as transformational tools for a broad spectrum of fundamentally important chemical reactions (deprotonation, metal-halogen exchange, alkylation, reduction, electrophilic amination, cross- couplings, etc), used every day in academia and industry.
Catalytic, using cheap environmentally benign inorganic salts as catalysts, as well as stoichiometric reactions will be investigated. Focus will be on the ability of new bimetallic reagents to functionalise aromatic substrates with relevance as pharmaceutical building blocks. 6. THE DEPARTMENT OF PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY The Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry is part of the Faculty of Science.
For further information on the Department, please visit http://www.chem.strath.ac.uk/. 7. THE UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE It's over 210 years since Professor John Anderson's legacy established in 1796 what is now the University of Strathclyde. Professor Anderson was considered quite a revolutionary among university academics of his day; committed to education for the working men and women of Glasgow, he articulated, loudly and clearly, the link he perceived between education and economic growth and prosperity.
When he died in 1796 Professor Anderson left a bequest in his will for the establishment of 'a second higher education institution' in Glasgow which would be a place of 'useful learning' and of education for all, regardless of gender or social class. This remains our mission today: to combine academic excellence with social and economic relevance. As an institution we are and always will be very much a part of Glasgow and the west coast of Scotland. In the 21st century, we are also Scotland's third largest university with an international reputation and outlook, with students and staff from over 100 countries.
As 'the place of useful learning' the University is committed to the advancement of society through the pursuit of excellence in research, education and knowledge exchange, and through creative engagement with partner organisations at local, national and international levels. We continue to be committed to 'useful learning' through our provision of relevant, high quality, educational opportunities, the global application of our research and our focus on knowledge exchange, all of which aim to benefit the wider economy and society. Our commitment to 'useful learning' is about: Offering a wide range of education opportunities in a flexible, innovative learning environment Developing students who have the aptitudes and capacities to make significant contributions to their communities after graduation as employees, employers and citizens Connecting research through knowledge exchange to make an impact on modern society. At the heart of the University is its world leading research.
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 50% of our research output was rated at a World Leading or Internationally Excellent standard. In terms of Research Power calculations, Strathclyde ranks 4th in Scotland and 31st in the UK. Industrial relevance is a defining characteristic of the University. Our research activity across all faculties, but particularly in our areas of strategic importance – engineering, science, business and social sciences - has made us a UK leader in working with business and industry.
We strive to help companies innovate new technologies and services, as well as working to increase opportunities for both established businesses and new start-ups to benefit from our knowledge, expertise and advice. We are committed to investing in people and developing research scholarships, secondments and placements that share our learning with others and enhance opportunities for our staff and students. Some of our key achievements are: Our Engineering faculty is largest and best rated in Scotland in terms of research power and is rated in the top five in the UK for some of its disciplines. Our Business School has attained international leadership.
Currently ranked number one in Scotland and 7th in the UK by the UK‟s Research Assessment Exercise 2008, with over 65% of output judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. The development of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences has created a major platform to achieve greater impact on the international research stage. Our Law School and English Studies, in our School of Humanities, are performing at high levels of output and School of Education is a national leader. In 2011 the University gained the European Commission‟s HR Excellence in Research award, which acknowledges our alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the UK-wide Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
8. THE FACULTY OF SCIENCE For further information on the Faculty of Science, please visit http://www.strath.ac.uk/science/ 9. THE CITY OF GLASGOW Glasgow is the industrial and commercial capital of Scotland and the various groups that have contributed to its population over the centuries have given it a cosmopolitan feel. It has a lively cultural life as home of the national orchestra, opera and ballet and several theatre companies and it possesses a number of fine art galleries; it is the headquarters of the national press and broadcasting media.
Its numerous higher and further education establishments have made it a major educational centre. The Scottish countryside and its splendid recreation and sporting facilities are easily reached from Glasgow. 10. SALARY, CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND BENEFITS The appointments will be made on the first point of the Grade 6 Salary greatjobsinteaching.co.uk - 12 months ago