Senior Research Fellow (Group Leader) in Sustainable Polymer Chemistry -
School of Chemistry - 59571 - (2200017N)
School of Chemistry, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296, with
potential progression once in post to £56,587.
Full Time / Fixed Term Contract up to December 2024.
Closing date: 14th July 2022
To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a
specified range of activities within an established research programme/group
To initiate, undertake and direct original research into degradable and
sustainable polymers under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Dove.
To support and lead research within the group to solve problems,
collaborate and innovate in scientific directions for the group.
To provide leadership on broader scientific skills within the group (at
all levels) including mentoring students, leading on
administrative/organisational tasks and helping to develop writing and
To produce regular written and oral reports pertaining to the projects as
requested; attend regular project meetings; give regular presentations to
To attend national and international conferences giving poster and oral
presentations to discuss results of own and others' research
To write papers and publish results of own and others' research for
publication in peer reviewed scientific journals and draft grant
To play an active role in the Dove research group, participating in all
group meetings and activities. You will (co)supervise research students,
be responsible for installation and maintenance of equipment and training
of personnel on equipment.
Participate in collaborative meetings, both academic and industrial from
yours and others' research, and work with the project collaborators
Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer,
enterprise, business engagement by participating in collaborative
meetings, both academic and industrial from yours and others' research,
and work with the project collaborators
Develop and make substantial contributions to outreach/public engagement
activities and teaching (tutorials, lectures, laboratory supervision) or
similar activities at Department/School level or further within the
The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities
Perform research and collect data in agreed areas to a high level of
competency and quality
Maintain a high level of knowledge of the immediate and surrounding
literature for both your own project and those more widely in the group
Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
Project manage research activities to develop new ideas, directions,
research objectives, techniques and methods in order to advance the
group's research and enhance it's quality
Lead in setting the group culture and introducing new group members to all
aspects of their role
Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning
support, including financial support by developing proposals for research
in collaboration with the Dove and O'Reilly groups.
Analyse and interpret data generated from all aspects of the group's work
and where required develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate
to the type of research being pursued
Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
Draft scientific papers and significantly contribute to the improvement of
other scientific papers originating in the group.
Disseminate research findings by oral and other presentation in a range of
fora from group meetings to research seminars and conferences etc.
Demonstrate leadership through constructive criticism and questioning in
group meetings and other suitable fora for scientific discussion
Supervise and examine masters and PhD students on research related work
and provide guidance to support staff and students in the group
Provide expert advice to colleagues and students within discipline
Undertake management/administration arising from own and group research
Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and
Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement
activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University
Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives
Contribute to some administrative activities within the University,
typically relating to research
First degree in area of specialism and a higher degree (normally PhD)
relevant to research area or equivalent qualifications
Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
Excellent research profile in the area of in the area of degradable
biomaterials and sustainable polymers
Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
Proven experience in polymer synthesis and functionalisation, polymer and
Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and
project managing research to deliver high quality results
Ability to lead and direct research across the scope of the group.
Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to learn new
Ability to keep up to date with new developments in the fields relevant to
own research projects as well as others.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, both as a leader
and team member, on research programmes.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to
work effectively in a multi-disciplinary project area of research.
Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of
research work to tight deadlines.
Ability to write and give presentations to both national and international
audience standard and communicate complex information clearly.
Ability to install and maintain relevant equipment and to train other
personnel on operation of the broad range of equipment maintained within
High level analytical capability and experience in use of characterisation
of polymers and materials by a range of techniques including NMR, IR,
chromatography, DSC, TGA, DMA, Mechanical testing, Rheometry etc.
Ability to design experiments, collaborate and lead on application based
studies with the group.
Excellent writing skills and record of success in published papers.
Extensive experience and achievement in public engagement and outreach or
Informal enquires to Andrew Dove, email: email@example.com
Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and
welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to
discussions around all forms of flexible working.
: Academic Non-clinical
: 23.06.2022, 6:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description): Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis)
Advert Close Date
: 15.07.2022, 5:59:00 AM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 31.12.2024