Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry

United Kingdom

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Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry


Cranfield University


Cranfield Defence and Security

Based at

Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered

Contract type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Period

Fixed Term Contract until 30 September 2025


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  • Role Description

    Research Assistant £28,203 to £32,039 per annum

    Research Fellow £37,337 to £41,406 per annum

    About the Role

    This role will contribute to research in cutting edge organic synthesis of energetic materials. This project is in collaboration with the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham.

    As Research Assistant you will be responsible for planning and carrying out research as directed within CfDC, contributing to the advancement of the discipline and the discovery of new knowledge.

    As Research Fellow you will be responsible for taking ownership, plan and carry out research as required within CfDC, contributing to the advancement of the discipline and the discovery of new knowledge.

    In addition you will be expected to:

    • Publish papers in peer reviewed journals and presentations at conferences

    • Liaise with analytical and test facilities to ensure timely testing of energetics

    • Run analyses and tests using specified and agreed techniques and models

    • Acquire and interpret research data and results

    • Prioritise tasks within an agreed work schedule

    • Contribute to the development of techniques, models and methods

    • Demonstrate and maintain research activity of high reputation in the UK and abroad

    • Contribute to the research function of CfDC

    The role is challenging and involves planning, integrating and coordinating diverse responsibilities within the research project. This includes the delivery of milestones, communication and cooperation with project partners and sponsors and the associated health and safety aspects of working with energetic materials.

    About You

    As Research Assistant you will have a degree in chemistry or a field of science related to the area. As Research Fellow you will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in a field of science related to the area or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience. In addition you will have experience of organic synthetic chemistry and delivery of research in leading international journals. You will have evidence of working across discipline boundaries to deliver results with an understanding of the fundamentals of organic synthesis and characterisation techniques.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

    Working Arrangements

    Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr J F Pons, Principal Research Fellow, at [email protected].

    Job details


    Research Assistant or Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry


    Cranfield University


    United Kingdom


    May 14, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 02, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Physics

    About the employer

    Established in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University saw a lot of development in the 1950s and 1960s in aircraft design and research. This gave rise to diversification into manufacturing and management. It finally changed its name to Cranfield University in 1993. In the following years, the university gained a lot of appreciation, and recently, Defence Academy, UK came into partnership with the university.

    The academic schools under the university are Cranfield Defence and Security, School of Aerospace, Transport Systems, Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy, and Environment, and School of Management. Cranfield University has two campuses, one in Cranfield and the other in Shrivenham. Both of them are set in the English countryside, close to several places of interest. The campus promotes students to bond and helps each other out. It offers ample opportunities for sports, social activities, or recreation. The accommodations range from single student apartment blocks to family homes. The Shrivenham campus is a secure military site and has a variety of modern facilities for the students, staff as well as their families. Cranfield is filled with places to shop, eat, and drink. It is about 50 miles from London, while Shrivenham is 80 miles away from the capital city.

    The university welcomes students from all over the world. As of 2020, the university had 54% of students from the UK and 16% from other EU countries. About 30% of the students were from other parts of the world. It also has one of the best teacher-to-student ratios in the UK, with one academic staff member for five students. Cranfield University is responsible for the education of more than half of the UK's aerospace engineering master's students. It provides placements in HSBC, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, and other big companies.

    Cranfield University boasts of its 60,000+ alumni base, and some of the notable personalities include Former Group Chief Executive at Barclays Antony Jenkins, Executive Director of Oxfam International Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Aston Martin Andy Palmer and CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings Warren East. Some of the other notable alumni are former Prime Minister of Jordan Nader Al-Dahabi, Former CEO of Royal Jordanian airlines Samer Majali, James Vowles who is the Chief Strategist of Mercedes Formula 1 team and Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate.

    Cranfield University, also known as the UK Specialist Postgraduate University, has established its foundation in not only teaching excellent programmes but also as an impeccable research centre. Additionally, the university has been honoured with the Queen's Anniversary Prize six times. As an interesting fact, 96% of Cranfield graduates are either employed or pursuing their further studies.

    The university has successfully partnered with or established close links with more than 130 universities within and outside America - other countries being Asia, Oceania, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Cranfield has also collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) on its Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Systems programme.

    What many students do not know about Cranfield is that the university has connections with some of the Indian universities as well. There are four such institutions are Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in Pune, Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur, Manipal University in Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.

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