Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University, United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in UK, Durham University

Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University, United Kingdom

Designation/Position-  Postdoctoral Research Associate

Durham University, United Kingdom invites application for Postdoctoral Research Associate from eligible and interested candidates

About-  Durham University is one of the world’s top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people’s lives.

Research/Job Area-  Chemistry or a related subject

Location- Durham University, United Kingdom

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  • A good first degree in Chemistry or a related subject.
  • A PhD (or be close to submission) in Chemistry or a related subject.


  • Experience in conducting high quality academic research.
  • Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked journals.
  • Demonstrable ability to present research at national/international conferences and communicate complex information to specialists and within the wider academic community.
  • Experience in crystallography / X-ray diffraction / XRPD
  • Experience in co-crystal / polymorphism research
  • Experience in electron microscopy
  • Experience in crystal growth or gel formation by molecular compounds.
  • Experience in characterisation of soft molecular materials
  • Experience of overseeing students with respect to the development of their practical/research skills e.g. acting as a demonstrator; supervising student projects/practicals.


  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
  • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 



  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with stage of career.
  • A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career.
  • Experience in rheology.
  • Experience and understanding of issues in pharmaceutics and drug delivery


  • Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research.
  • Ability to enthuse and motivate students and communicate science.

Job/Position Description- 

The post holder will analyse and interpret data, prepare written and oral reports on progress. They will also supervise PhD and MChem students in the laboratory and oversee routine maintenance on local instrumentation and liaise with equipment service professionals. Other activities include the following.
• Develop detailed programmes of work and assess progress against the work plan.
• Keep comprehensive, accessible and secure records of experimental designs, data and analyses.
• Prepare quarterly reports; participate in scheduled electronic and face-to-face meetings including presentation of research results.
• Present research presentations at national and international conferences.
• Write or assist with the writing of papers for publication in international journals and conference proceedings.
• Liaise effectively with collaborators both at Durham and with the other project partners.
• Assist with the development of research objectives and proposals.
• Conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the directions of the Principal Investigator.
• Work with the Principal Investigator and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
• To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator and offering creative or innovative solutions.
• To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate.
• To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students.
• Take an active role in undergraduate teaching including provision of tutorials and laboratory demonstrating
• Work with the Departmental outreach coordinator to communicate the excitement of chemistry to a wider audience.

This post is fixed term– funding is from the EPSRC and the American Chemical Society and is available for a start date of 01 April 20 or as soon as possible thereafter until 31st March 2022.

The post-holder is employed to work on research/a research project which will be led by the Principal Investigator. Whilst this means that the post-holder will not be carrying out independent research in his/her own right, the expectation is that they will contribute to the advancement of the project, through the development of their own research ideas/adaptation and development of research protocols.

How to Apply-  Research group prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site.

As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic/research) referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference.

Last Date for Apply–  23 March 2020

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment in March 2020.

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