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Research Fellow

Organic Chemistry, Synthesis, Catalysis & Flow

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £32,817 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Thursday 19 November 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1300320EB

You will join an international collaboration looking at the synthesis and properties of endohedral fullerenes. You will be based at the University of Southampton, one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities. Chemistry at Southampton has a national and international reputation for excellence with world-leading facilities.

Molecular surgery of endofullerenes is the process of using chemical reactions to open a hole in a fullerene cage, insert a small molecule or atom, and reform the original cage. The resulting endofullerenes, such as methane inside C60, denoted CH4@C60 display remarkable physical properties which allow the investigation of fundamental quantum effects. The work is synthetically challenging. You will develop methods for synthesis of NH3@C60 and O2@C60, as well as extending our methods for the incorporation of small molecule and atoms to C70. Some preparation of materials using our existing procedures is also expected, and the compounds you make will be studied in a number of laboratories and facilities worldwide.  You will work as part of a team to ensure that materials of the required quantity and purity are produced on the timeframe needed for the physical investigations.

Outstanding skills in practical synthetic organic chemistry, together with an enthusiasm for the project area and a strong interest in working as part of a collaborative and cross-disciplinary team are required. You will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in synthetic chemistry. You are expected to have an excellent work ethic and commitment to achieve the project aims, as well as the ability to manage your time to deliver the required results. You will also be involved in general running and maintenance of the laboratory and are expected to adhere to our strict safety standards.  

This is a full time fixed term role for 12 months to start from 05/01/2021 and ending no later than 28/02/2022. 

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  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* and 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 is through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

 *subject to qualifying criteria

For informal enquiries contact Prof. Richard Whitby <>

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 email or call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1300320EB on all correspondence.

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application including the names and email addresses of at least two referees. 

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.

Athena SWAN Silver Award holder: Chemistry

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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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