Research Associate (Fixed Term)

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applicants are invited for a PDRA position working on a collaborative project between Prof. Dominic Wright, Prof. Erwin Reisner and Prof. Jenny Zhang in the Chemistry Department in Cambridge.

The research will involve the synthesis of luminescent lanthanide-containing cages which will be employed in solar fuels applications in solid-state devices and biological environments (algae and bacteria).

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical engineering and have experience in inorganic synthesis and synthetic polymers. Additional experience in biological science would also be welcome, but full training in all of the areas required will be provided.

The grant is for a 3 year period with a start date of around January 2024.

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Appointment at the Research Associate level is dependent on the award of a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at the Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the award of the PhD has been confirmed.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Prof Dominic Wright via email on

Please quote reference MA39621 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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