ORGANISATION/COMPANYTrinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)Recognised Researcher (R2)
APPLICATION DEADLINE01/06/2019 22:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONIreland › Dublin
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/07/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020
REFERENCE NUMBERProject 828779
The Senge Group is seeking an experienced research assistant to take part in crystallization and single X-ray diffraction (SXRD) experiments of chiral hemicucurbiturils, porphyrins, hemicucurbiturils-porphyrin conjugates, and their chiral pollutant complexes. This research program is part of a larger H2020 FET-Open project focused on the development of devices for the rapid detection of chiral pollutants in the environment. The establishment of such devices to detect the ever-increasing amount of chemicals spreading in the environment has been a crucial point of interest. In this role, the successful candidate will support the research activities by performing all crystallization and SXRD experiments with group members and international collaborators, whilst providing publishable results in a timely manner. The applicant will be responsible for all of the group’s SXRD research needs and providing support in manuscript preparation for publication. The post will also involve promotion of the project aims through digital media and assistance in the formulation of further research proposals.
The team you will join is an international leader in porphyrin research, with interdisciplinary expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, crystallography, photonics materials, and photobiology and -medicine. We are looking for an enthusiastic, professional and scholarly researcher to add to this capacity and meet the goals of the INITIO project. The group strives to offer a divers environment supportive of career progression through access to networking, training and further independent funding opportunities.
Appointment will be
made on the IUA Pay Scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy [€28994
to €31251 per annum], appointment will be made no higher than point 
Candidates for the research assistant positions must have a postgraduate degree in Solid State Chemistry, Physics, or related fields.
Applicants should submit: 1) Cover letter, outlining why the candidate feels they are suitable for the position in an interdisciplinary and diverse research group and detailing their expertise with X-ray instrumentation. The cover letter should also contain a diversity statement. 2) Full CV to include the names and contact details of two referees.
Prof. Dr. Mathias O. Senge
Required Research Experiences
YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE1 - 4
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Perform crystallization of all compounds to achieve single crystals suitable for SXRD.
Perform advanced diagnostic studies to probe the absolute structural determination and conformational analysis of chiral hemicucurbiturils, porphyrins, hemicucurbiturils-porphyrins conjugates, and their chiral pollutant complexes through SXRD or powder X-ray diffraction.
Collect, solve, and refine all SXRD data for the group up to the standard of Acta Crystallographica.
Establish and maintain a complete and up-to-date database of all SXRD experiment carried out and generate reports on completed data sets.
Coordinate with group members and collaborators with on-going projects and provide complete information when required.
Prepare manuscripts and reports.
Publish research findings in high-impact peer-reviewed technical journals, conferences, and stay current on recent research in the field by reading published literature.
To carry out administrative work to support the research program.
Make presentations at scientific meetings and seminars.
Participate in the writing of research proposals.
Provide assistance to maintain laboratory equipment and instruments.
Knowledge & Experience (Essential & Desirable)
- Experience in small molecule X-ray crystallography.
- Extensive knowledge of solid-state chemistry and experience with porphyrin chemistry.
- Experience with solving twined or highly disordered structures.
- Experience in crystal growth techniques using conventional methods.
- Knowledge of publication standards and preparation of documentation associated with reporting crystallographic data.
- Good publication record in main stream chemistry/crystallography journals.
- Full working knowledge of safety regulations.
- Experience in web page design and science social media.
Skills & Competencies
- excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
- Competency with computers and IT skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal, supervisory and organizational skills.
- Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative, as well as to collaborate with other researchers in a diverse team and international collaborators.
- Ability to functions well within a multidisciplinary, multicultural and divers team.
- Working knowledge and experience with alternate structural determination techniques, such electron or neutron diffraction, synchrotron radiation, etc.
- Broad knowledge of general characterization techniques, such as UV-vis, NMR, mass-spectrometry, etc.
EURAXESS offer ID: 403883
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