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Research Fellow in Molecular Inorganic Coordination Chemistry and Radiochemistry

Functional, Inorganic, Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804
Full Time Fixed Term (36 months)
Closing Date:  Thursday 05 March 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 21 April 2020
Reference:  1238620EB

Come and join us in molecular inorganic coordination chemistry and radiochemistry working with Professor Gill Reid in Chemistry at the University of Southampton. You will undertake experimental research on the synthesis and radiolabelling of molecular inorganic complexes for potential applications in medical imaging via Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The post is associated with a recently awarded collaborative Programme Grant, ‘Next generation molecular imaging and therapy with radionuclides’ led by King’s College London, in collaboration with Imperial College London and the University of Southampton and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  You will be working alongside other Research Fellows and PhD students working on projects in inorganic and coordination chemistry in the Reid group and will undertake the radiolabelling experiments (mainly radiofluorination with F-18) in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences at King’s College London (based at St Thomas’ Hospital), working as part of an interdisciplinary team alongside other Research Fellows associated with the programme.   

To be successful you will hold a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in synthetic inorganic coordination chemistry, macrocyclic chemistry, or a closely related chemistry discipline. Experience in molecular inorganic synthesis, macrocyclic ligand synthesis, radiochemistry/radiofluorination, synthesis of bioconjugate species for imaging applications and/or inert atmosphere techniques and relevant characterisation techniques would be highly desirable. Excellent written and spoken communication skills and organisational skills are essential. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Gill Reid (

Your application must be submitted online via the University of Southampton portal and should include (i) the completed application form, (ii) your Curriculum Vitae, (iii) a concise summary of your research to date and (iv) the names and contact details of three referees. (Our online application process will prompt you to include all of the above). 

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.

*subject to qualifying criteria

The position is available for 36 months due to funding restrictions from 1st April 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

*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.

Application Procedure
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 Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 1238620EB 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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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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