UK:Position for Research Assistant in Synthetic Chemistry Development At University of Southampton.

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Location Highfield Campus
Salary: £27,854 to £34,223
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date: Friday 30 August 2013
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 269013EB

Fixed term appointment  up to 24 months

A Research position is available to work with Professor Richard Whitby on Closed Loop Optimisation for Sustainable Chemical Manufacture.The project aims to develop intelligent systems for chemical synthesis as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-university/company team funded by the EPSRC ‘Manufacturing for the Future’ initiative in partnership with the Dial-a-Molecule Grand challenge network ( post involves developing chemistry to challenge and illustrate high throughput methods of studying and optimising a wide variety of organic synthesis. Both flow and automated parallel batch reactors will be used, together with in line hplc/MS, IR and UV detection of reaction outcomes and a high degree of automation. You will be working with a programmer/engineer to develop the equipment locally as well as statisticians, chemical engineers and spectroscopists to test and provide feedback on the ‘closed loop’ systems under development. You will have a role in liaising with industrial partners on the chemical problems to be tackled.
Hence applications are invited from candidates having, or about to obtain a PhD in synthetic- or physical-organic chemistry or a relevant area, who have a strong interest to work on a project of this nature. Though experience in automated techniques is an advantage, an interest in driving a step change in the way organic synthesis is tackled in the future (see Dial-a-Molecule website) is a must. You are expected to have an excellent work ethic and commitment to achieve the project aims, as well as excellent organisational skills in order to manage the project. You will be involved in general running of the laboratory including supervision of undergraduate project students as required, and expected to adhere to our strict safety standards.   The successful candidate will be based in the modern Synthetic Chemistry Laboratories in Chemistry, University of Southampton.
For Inquiries:
Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Professor Richard Whitby (email:, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton. The post is available from 1st October 2013 with appointment in the first instance for one year that can be extended for periods up to 24 months in total.
Apply online:
Please apply online through or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Applications should include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in, and suitable for the position, and curriculum vitae. Candidates should also provide at least two referees who can be contacted before interview.

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