Research Fellow in Polymer Chemistry

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Research Fellow in Polymer Chemistry (103265-0920)

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
Department
Chemistry
Salary
£30,942 – £40,322 per annum
Location
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full time (36.5 hours per week) Fixed term contract for 36 months.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research fellow position under the supervision of Professor David Haddleton in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick. The successful candidate will be offered a 36-month appointment. The successful applicant will spend 50% of their time conducting work associated with Unilever activities in surface engineering for beatuy & personal care categories such as hair, deodorants, skincare etc. as agreed between Unilever and Professor Haddleton, and 50% of their time on a normal academic, research and teaching position with some undergraduate and postgraduate teaching opportunities.

This project will focus on the synthesis and application of polymers with the opportunity to follow an independent line of research in an area that complements existing activities. Additionally, you will be expected to contribute to our teaching activities at undergraduate level and part of our MSc in Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Science.

You will be experienced in synthetic polymer or small molecule chemistry. You will also have experience of performing analysis and characterisation including GPC, NMR, MS and other appropriate methodology such as thermal analysis, WRD or EM. You will be interested to work independently and within a team. You will hold (or be near completion of) a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. chemistry, physics, materials science) with an interest in teaching.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).

The University of Warwick and the Department of Chemistry provide a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

What we offer
We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days’ holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information visit our Rewards and Benefits webpage.

Athena SWAN Silver Award
We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN silver awards, a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We provide a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities.

Job Description
JOB PURPOSE

The post holder will undertake research in order to support the work of the research group in alignment with Unilever objectives for 50% of the time and other research and teaching activities for the other 50% of the time. The post holder will work in the chemistry department and will help develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Work with project members in the successful execution of the project and fulfil other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility, and grading of this post.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects at the University of Warwick.

2. Write up research work for publication and discussion with Unilever.

3. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism and translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.

4. Contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.

5. Present information on research progress and outcomes to Unilever and other bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.

6. Present complex information (orally and in writing) and material of relevant research results at both national and international academic meetings.

7. Contribute to the research environment within the Polymer Chemistry area of research group by supporting students and by engaging in regular group activities, such as group meetings and journal clubs.

8. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills at the University of Warwick.

9. Support departmental teaching efforts at an appropriate level.

10. To act with professionalism at all times and show respect to their colleagues and to understand and adhere to the University’s value of dignity at work; the post-holder will also be expected to work collegially and to support all the teams with which they have contact in achieving the University’s objectives.

11. Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training.


Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
Hold, or about to attain, a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. chemistry, physics, materials science) (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 3
Excellent knowledge of Polymer Chemistry/Science (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Previous experience in performing experimental polymer synthesis and characterisation (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to communicate complex scientific results effectively (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 6
Good working knowledge of Polymer characterisation methods (a), (c), (d)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team on complex research programmes (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 8
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 9
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research content (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to fulfil any other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility and grading of this post, as required (a), (c)
Essential Criteria 11
An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to promote collegiality. (a), (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Previous experience in Polymer Chemistry (a), (c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Strong publication track record in relevant journals (a), (c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Previous experience in collaboration and engagement between academic and industrial scientists working in polymer science (a), (c), (d)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

A summary of the facilities available to Warwick Chemistry are given in
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/chemistry/research/chemistryoverview
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http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/chemistry/research/.

Right to work in the UK
If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under Tier 2 of the UK points-based immigration system
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship under Tier 2.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.


Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date
25 Oct 2020

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