Research Fellow in Supramolecular Polymer Chemistry

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7059214 (Ref.No. ENGPE1172)
Posted: August 12, 2019

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in supramolecular or materials chemistry in its broadest sense? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive universities?

A three year Leverhulme Trust funded position is available to design and synthesise polymers which can the mimic the ability of biological materials to undergo macromolecular reconfiguration through molecular recognition (self-sorting). 

Biomolecular macromolecules achieve astonishing functions and regulatory control by precise presentation and reconfiguration of 3D structure. This project will harness small molecule molecular recognition afforded by  multiple hydrogen bonding arrays (MHAs) to control polymer architecture and self-assembly. Our group has recently developed self-sorting cascades and networks (Chem. Sci. 2013, 4, 1825 and Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 785) using MHAs that can be readily incorporated into supramolecular materials (Macromolecules, 2013, 46, 9634). Combining these with controlled structure polymers which are easily prepared using controlled polymerization techniques (e.g. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 10174) brings about an opportunity to produce macromolecular structures with tuneable functionality. These have the potential to bring about a revolution in advanced materials.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion / or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in polymer chemistry or a closely allied discipline, and an exceptional background knowledge of contemporary research in synthetic polymer chemistry and materials science.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Nicholas Warren, University Academic Fellow, School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 3431409 or email: 


Professor Andrew J Wilson, Professor of Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 3431409 or email: 

Further information

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute:  School of Chemical & Process Engineering
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made above £33,199p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Available from 01 September 2019, until 31 August 2022 (grant funding))
Release Date:  Friday 09 August 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 27 August 2019
Reference:  ENGPE1172


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