UK: PostDoc Research Fellow in Process Research and Development University of Leeds

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Duration: Fixed term to 30 September 2015, available immediately

Description: You will support development and transfer of organic chemical process technology from an academic to industrial environment under the supervision of Professor John Blacker (Institute of Process Research and Development, School of Chemistry and School Process Environmental and Materials Engineering).

You will join a vibrant, growing and widely recognised Institute that involves collaboration with scientists and chemical engineers from academia and industry. You will lead the activity of evaluating and developing a wide variety of new chemical processes. Projects may vary from those with specific objectives from a single company, to ones with broader aims supported by a consortium of sponsors, to those with applied research and development. The duration of these projects may vary from a few weeks to a few months.

Eligibility:You will have a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry focused around catalysis, together with a sustained and demonstrable record of solving problems in design, development, optimisation and exploitation of catalytic processes. Experience in the development, optimisation and validation of synthetic and catalytic methodologies is essential. You should also have experience in the development of new chemical processes, together with excellent communication and IT skills.

Further information: about the supervisor’s research may be found at

Salary: University Grade 7 (£30,424 – £36,298 p.a.) dependent on qualifications and experience. It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £32,267 p.a. since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which this appointment can start.

Informal enquiries:
Professor John Blacker, tel +44 (0)113 343 8239,

Closing Date: 2 October 2013 

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