Research Fellow (104461-0921) . Job Reference: 1879192

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 5, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£31,406 - £40,927 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

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 spectroscopy.

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 and Professor Józef R. Lewandowski,

Job Description


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.


Research and scholarship

• To apply and develop advanced experimental solid-state NMR methodology. • To assist internal and external users in applying solid-state NMR experiments. • 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 research skills. • May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.

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

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 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 spectroscopy (a,c)

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. (a,c)

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 deadlines. (a,c)

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 students (a,c)

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)

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.


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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.

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. in order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of places at the Nursery.

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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

5 Oct 2021

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