Research Associate in Synthetic Polymer Chemistry (2 posts)
The Department of Chemistry is one of the leading departments in the UK, with 38 academic staff (including 14 full Professors), around 20 post-doctoral scientists, more than 500 undergraduate students, approximately 100 postgraduate students, 21 technicians and 9 clerical support staff. Research activity is organised into four ‘clusters’, comprising Synthetic Chemistry; Chemical Biology; Polymers, Materials, & Surface Chemistry; and Spectroscopy & Theoretical Chemistry. Further details about the department may be found at: www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistry Applications are invited for two 12-month post-doctoral research associates in Synthetic Polymer Chemistry. The successful applicants will conduct world-class research in polymer science under the supervision of Professor Steve Armes FRS. These two positions will each involve the preparation of a wide range of methacrylic diblock copolymer nano-objects via RAFT dispersion polymerisation, their molecular characterisation by NMR spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography and studies of their self-assembly behaviour in aqueous solution using dynamic light scattering, TEM, SAXS and aqueous electrophoresis. The successful applicants will be highly motivated, independent research scientists and strong team players. You may be required to assist with the supervision of PhD students and the ability to write high-quality first-draft scientific papers and give excellent oral presentations at international conferences is essential. You should have a good honours degree in Chemistry (or equivalent experience) and a high-quality PhD in Polymer Chemistry, or a closely related discipline.