Research Associate in Toxic Chemical Detection

Updated: 11 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
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Research Associate in Toxic Chemical Detection
Cardiff School of Chemistry
Cardiff University

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated physical scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on a synthetic organic chemistry project. The 1-year project is externally funded and is supervised by Dr Ian Fallis.

In this project we aim to develop existing and new classes of synthetic organic and inorganic chemical sensor materials which are designed to give different responses upon reaction with different types of toxic target molecule. The project aims to develop point-of-use devices to allow non-experts to make informed decisions on toxic agent detection and decontamination. The work requires frequent written and verbal interaction with multiple governmental agencies. Synthetic Materials Chemistry and toxic agent handling are essential.

Applicants must hold a postgraduate degree at PhD level in Synthetic Materials Chemistry with applications in supported reagents or relevant industrial experience.

For informal enquiries about the role and the School of Chemistry, please contact Dr Ian Fallis (Fallis@cardiff.ac.uk ; 029 2087 5976).

For further details about working at Cardiff University, please contact Ms Alison Blake (BlakeAF@cardiff.ac.uk ; 029 2087 4805).

This full-time (35 hours per week), fixed-term position is available immediately for 12 months.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6). It is not anticipated that an appointment be made above £36,914 (Grade 6.33).

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 9264BR.

Date advert posted: Monday, 28 October 2019

Closing date: Thursday, 14 November 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


Job Description

Main Function

To conduct research and development within the detection of toxic agents and to contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the development of intellectual property. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research

  • To conduct research within toxic agent detection and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including supply of materials to project sponsors, development of new/enhancement of existing IP, and bidding for extended funding;
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals;
  • To supply sponsor with written monthly reports and to prepare and participate in bimonthly progress update presentations to the sponsor;
  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required;
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and completion of monthly written and photographic reports and the implementation of procedures required to ensure timely delivery of addition sponsor required reporting (preliminary development review, critical development review, test plans, test reports, final reports);
  • To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate;
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field;
  • To participate in School research activities;
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.
Specific Duties
  • To develop safe working protocols for toxic agent handling;
  • To develop appropriate safety protocols and participate in field work in toxic agent detection;
  • To undertake the required synthesis and characterisation of organic and inorganic materials;
  • To synthesise chemical agent sensors and incorporate them into a range of test media;
  • To liaise with external government agencies in a responsible and secure manner.
Other
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile. These activities must be consistent with the security requirements of the project;
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance;
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world;
  • To ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties;
  • To abide by the University policies on Health and Safety and Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity;
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Synthetic Materials Chemistry with applications in supported reagents or relevant industrial experience
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
  • Synthetic materials chemistry and analysis
  • Multi-modal spectroscopy of synthetic functional materials
  • Biological techniques and enzymology
  • Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field
  • Proven ability to publish in national/international journals/high-quality journals/ top ranked journals/ high-impact conferences
  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
  • Knowledge and understanding of confidential working practices with governmental agencies
  • Communication and Team Working
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
  • Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
  • Other
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision

  • Desirable Criteria
  • Evidence of collaborations with industry
  •  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community
  • Evidence of ability to participate in, develop both internal and external networks, and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School
  • Fluency in Welsh, written and oral

  • Additional Information

    Project Description

    In this project we aim to develop existing and new classes of synthetic organic and inorganic chemical sensor materials which are designed to give different responses upon reaction with different types of toxic target molecule. The project aims to develop point-of-use devices to allow non-experts to make informed decisions on toxic agent detection and decontamination. The work requires frequent written and verbal interaction with multiple governmental agencies.


    Job Category

    Academic - Research


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