Vacancy Type/Job category
£31,406 - £40,927 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Full time, fixed term contract for 3 years (with a start date of 1 October
2021 or as soon as possible thereafter)
The Departments of Physics and Chemistry seek to appoint a Research Fellow to
assist internal and external users of the University of Warwick solid-state
NMR infrastructure across applications to pharmaceuticals & supramolecular
self-assembly, proteins and plant cell walls, and materials. Specifically,
this post is associated with the EPSRC-funded Warwick Analytical Science
Centre (WASC, EP/V007688/1, PI: Professor Steven P. Brown) and the BBSRC-
and EPSRC funded award for the renewal of the 600 MHz solid-state NMR console
for biological applications (BB/T018119/1, PI: Professor Józef R.
Lewandowski). A proven ability in innovative and effective experimental
research is essential. Applications are encouraged from candidates with
demonstrable research experience in applying and developing solid-state NMR
You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively both
independently and as part of a research team, aiding in the supervision of
junior research workers. You will possess excellent planning and time
management skills to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively.
Candidates must have completed (or be soon to complete) a PhD or equivalent
in chemistry or physics or a related discipline. 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 (£30,497. Upon successful award of your PhD and
evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first
point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£31,406 pa).
Please direct all informal inquiries to Professor Steven P. Brown
S.P.Brown@warwick.ac.uk and Professor Józef R. Lewandowski,
Undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop
and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Work with project
members in the successful execution of the project.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Research and scholarship
• To apply and develop advanced experimental solid-state NMR methodology.
• To assist internal and external users in applying solid-state NMR
• Take responsibility for enabling seedcorn access to the University of
Warwick solid-state NMR infrastructure via the EPSRC-funded Warwick Analytical
Science Centre, from responding to initial inquiries to carrying out
experiments and analysis.
• To play an active role in the University of Warwick solid-state NMR research
groups, including meeting regularly with the principal investigators and
participating in group meetings.
• To present results in verbal, written and poster formats within the
departments, to external user and partners, and as published scientific papers
and presentation at conferences.
Teaching and Learning Support
• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student
• May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of
Administration and Other Activities
• May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where
necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the
faculty and the University.
• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
• Work within budget constraints.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive
list but rather to provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post-
holder will be required to be flexible in their duties
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)
Essential Criteria 1
Hold, or be about to attain, a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific
discipline (e.g. chemistry, physics, life sciences) (a,c)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in
experimental solid-state NMR. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
Expertise in implementing advanced pulse sequences for experimental solid-
state NMR spectroscopy, and a strong understanding of the theory of NMR
Essential Criteria 4
Interest and ability in keeping up to date with new developments in solid-
state NMR of pharmaceuticals & supramolecular self-assembly, proteins and
plant cell walls, and materials. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5
A track record of taking the initiative and driving forward the writing up of
research results for publication in scientific journals. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to explain clearly concepts of solid-state NMR spectroscopy, in
particular how to implement pulse sequences and their applicability to
specific types of samples, to users with different levels of prior knowledge
and expertise. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team.
Essential Criteria 8
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent organisational skills, including keeping an overview of multiple
research projects, and delivering programmes of research work to defined
Essential Criteria 10
Ability to present results of research to a wide variety of audiences through
verbal and written presentations in a clear and organised manner. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 11
Ability to inspire and enthuse undergraduate and postgraduate research
Essential Criteria 12
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience with biological solid-state NMR. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience with solid-state NMR of pharmaceuticals. (a,c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
University Further Particulars.
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental
https: // warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/research/condensedmatt/nmr/
The Physics and Chemistry Departments and the University of Warwick are proud
of their diverse community of staff, students, and visitors, and are committed
to maintaining an excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring that
there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual
respect and dignity.
The Physics and Chemistry Departments and the University of Warwick hold
Athena SWAN Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality
for all staff and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion,
which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to
address the under-representation of women in university physics and to
encourage better practice for both women and men.
Further information can be found at www. warwick.ac.uk/physics/staff/working/.
The University supports flexible working and requests for job-share will be
considered where possible.
Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery
(www. warwick.ac.uk/services/childrensservices/nursery) in order for you to
attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of places at the
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environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We
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