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National Crystallography Service Research Scientist

Characterisation and Analytics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,866 to £33,797 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term - 2 years
Closing Date:  Friday 25 October 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 21 November 2019
Reference:  1186419EB

National Crystallography Service Research Scientist

You will join the UK National Crystallography Service (NCS,, based at the University of Southampton, The NCS is an EPSRC-funded National Research Facility and its purpose is to provide access to crystallographic instrumentation and expertise that goes beyond what is available at any single institution. 

You will perform structural analysis on some of the most challenging samples that the UK chemical synthesis community generates. Furthermore, NCS Research Scientists independently lead and conduct small research projects in advanced crystallographic techniques. . Much of this work will take place at Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire and you will lead the NCS interaction with this facility. 

In addition to having a PhD or professional qualifications and experience in Chemical Crystallography you will need considerable experience in crystallography.  Evidencing the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to address complex crystallographic problems and communicate the results in a timely manner will be key to a successful application. A good publication track record would be an advantage, as would the ability to demonstrate experience in training others to perform chemical crystallography analysis.   

Ideally you be available to take up the post from 1st November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position will be available for 2 years in the first instance, with the possibility of extension depending on continued funding of the NCS.

Upon appointment you will be known as a Research Fellow.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. 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*, 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.

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1186419EB on all correspondence.

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The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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