Vacancy Type/Job category
£31,406 - £40,927 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Start Date: 1 April 2022, with some flexibility
Full-time, Fixed-term for 15 months, with a possibility of renewal.
Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work on a major Royal
Society funded project under the supervision of Dr. Sebastian Pike. The
research will involve synthesis and characterisation of inorganic metal-oxo
cluster molecules and cluster-based materials. These systems will be studied
to understand their electronic structure and photoredox reactivity. The
clusters, and materials built from them, will then be tested as photocatalysts
for solar fuel production and/or sustainable organic transformations.
In this project you will use a variety of synthetic techniques including the
use of Schlenk line and glovebox techniques for air sensitive processes, and a
range of characterisation techniques including single-crystal and powder X-ray
diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry.
The candidate will have completed (or be soon to complete) a PhD in
inorganic chemistry and will be skilled in the synthesis and characterisation
of inorganic molecules, including the use of air-sensitive techniques. You
will have expertise in spectroscopic and diffraction-based characterisation
techniques. Prior experience of advanced or specialised molecular
characterisation techniques is highly desirable, which could include the study
of paramagnetic inorganic molecules by magnetic studies, electrochemical
characterisation, or EPR spectroscopy. Prior experience of studying molecular
clusters and/or photoactive metal oxide (nano)materials is also desirable.
You will be an excellent communicator capable of working effectively, both
independently and as part of a team. You will possess excellent planning and
time management skills. You will assist in the supervision of research
students, in addition to ensuring your own research objectives are achieved
effectively. You will prepare regular presentations and written reports
detailing your research progress and present your research results at national
and international conferences.
For more information, please contact Dr Seb Pike: Sebastian.Pike@warwick.ac.uk
Interview Date: TBC.
What we offer
We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an
attractive pension scheme, 30 days' holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent
learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of
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To carry out a project at the interface of inorganic and materials chemistry,
involving synthesis of novel metal-oxo clusters and cluster-based materials,
evaluation of their physical and electronic structures, and study of their
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To synthesise reactive metal-containing precursors, novel metal-oxo
clusters and cluster based materials, using air sensitive techniques where
2. To characterise new molecules using single-crystal X-ray diffraction,
cyclic voltammetry and a range of spectroscopic techniques.
3. To characterise new materials using powder X-ray diffraction and a range
of spectroscopic techniques.
4. To prepare regular oral and written reports on research progress and to
present results at national and international conferences.
5. To contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication
6. To contribute to and assist in the running of weekly group meetings.
7. To assist in the supervision and training of research students.
8. To act with professionalism at all times and show respect to their
colleagues and to understand and adhere to the University's value of dignity
at work; they are also expected to work collegially and to support all the
teams with which they have contact in achieving the University's objectives.
9. Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility
of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or
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
PhD (or near completion) in inorganic chemistry with experience of molecular
inorganic chemistry. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
A track record in research demonstrating advanced inorganic synthesis methods,
including experience of manipulating air-sensitive compounds. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 3
A track record in the characterisation of the structure and electronic
properties of inorganic molecules. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability to problem solve and apply new experimental techniques and data
analysis procedures in innovative ways. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 5
Understanding of the fundamental principles behind the use of semiconductor
metal oxide materials in photoactivated processes. (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to present results of research to a wide variety of audiences through
verbal and written presentations. (a, d)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work
to defined deadlines. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
Ability to work across an interdisciplinary team. (c)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent scientific communication skills. (d)
Essential Criteria 10
Communicate well in written and spoken English. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 11
An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and
administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to
promote collegiality. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of studying photochemistry. (a, d)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of studying inorganic materials or nanomaterials. (a, d)
Desirable Criteria 3
Experience of studying the structure and properties of paramagnetic molecules
or materials. (a, d)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience of using electrochemical methods. (a, d)
Desirable Criteria 5
Experience of advanced spectroscopic measurements, including ultrafast
spectroscopies. (a, d)
This project is funded by the Royal Society as part of a 5-year research
programme entitled “Metal-oxo Clusters: Tuneable Building-Blocks for Designing
New Photoactive Materials.”
You will work within the Pike group in the Chemistry Department of the
University of Warwick based in the interdisciplinary Materials and Analytical
Science building. The research group have dedicated lab space well-furnished
with fume hoods, Schlenk line and glovebox equipment for synthesis. Alongside
the excellent departmental facilities (including NMR spectroscopy and Mass
spectrometry) the group have regular access to state-of-the-art X-ray
diffraction and spectroscopy equipment through the X-ray diffraction and
Spectroscopy Research Technology Platforms. Furthermore, the Group have
regular access to specialised single crystal X-ray crystallography experiments
at Diamond Light Source.
The Pike group is focused primarily on the synthesis and study of metal-oxo
cluster molecules and their use in photocatalysis or as precursors to
functional materials. Please visit https: // warwick.ac.uk/pikegroup to find out
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