Lecturer in Chemistry x2


As Lecturer in Chemistry you will conduct internationally leading research, and provide Chemistry teaching to both undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School of Physical Science. The School of Physical Sciences is a vibrant, dynamic and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary school covering Physics, Chemistry and Forensic Science disciplines.

You will join the Functional Materials research group. The work in this group is currently focussed around four main themes: Porous, Nanostructured and Amorphous Solids – the synthesis, characterisation, and modelling of porous crystals, nanocrystals, sol-gels and glasses; Soft Functional Materials – the synthesis, characterisation and application of organic and macromolecular materials; Energy Materials – synthesis and energy related materials, such as batteries and solid oxide fuel cells; and Quantum Materials and Magnetism – synthesis, characterisation and theory of magnetic systems, superconductors and topological insulators.

Two Lectureships in Chemistry are available. However, to develop strategic research growth within the school, one position is intended to be in the field of supramolecular (bio)materials.

As Lecturer you will:

  • Produce research to an internationally leading level.
  • Teach and assess Undergraduate students.
  • Teach and assess Taught Postgraduate students.

You will have:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or an appropriate discipline.
  • A proven track record of excellence in research leading to publications at an international level.
  • A track record of giving presentations at international meetings. Invited talks are particularly desirable.

The Department

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is situated in the newly refurbished science laboratories on the Canterbury Campus. It is part of the Faculty of Sciences within the University of Kent, and currently offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics, Chemistry, and Forensic Sciences.

In the last few years, it has received around £10m in investment from the university to refurbish the Ingram building, including new research laboratories and equipment, including four diffractometers, NMR, SEM and Raman microscopes , magnetometers, and other spectroscopic equipment. Over this period, the number of academic staff has roughly doubled to over 40, who are well supported by increased admin and technical staff.

SPS is a dynamic School achieving excellence in both teaching and research. The research effort is led by four groups; Applied Optics, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging, and Functional Materials. SPS has developed a very active outreach programme with schools and professional institutions at the local and national level, and is a member of the South East Physics Network, SEPnet


Further Information

Interviews are to be held: 26 July 2016

Please press the apply button below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact Leigh Binder on

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a summary document. Your summary should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the essential criteria for the post. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.

CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

If you are invited for an interview, we will request references for you at that stage.


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