Recruiting Post-doctoral Researcher

With the award of an EPSRC grant to support our research we are on the hunt for two post-doctoral fellows to join our team. The first position opened for applications today – Details below!

Full details and information on how to apply:

University of Edinburgh Vacancies

A fixed-term postdoctoral research position is available for an outstanding and ambitious individual in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh on a project led by Dr Michael Shaver and Prof Guy Lloyd-Jones. The successful candidate will be required to develop on a recent discovery in our research group on a new route to the synthesis of sustainable, degradable aliphatic polyesters and to contribute more generally to the work of the Shaver and Lloyd-Jones groups. The project involves principally academic research, but will involve liaising closely with industry partners to develop impact from target functional polyesters.

Research in the Shaver group focusses on the development of sustainable polymer technologies through intelligent polymer and catalyst design. We work to develop both fundamental academic projects (controlled radical polymerisation, new-to-the-world polymers) and applied industry-driven projects (hydrogels in medical diagnostics, crystallisation controllers, latex stabilisers). This appointment will be working on the EPSRC funded grant: “Functional Polyesters from Renewable Monomers Through a New Reaction Mechanism”. It is further supported by Prof. Guy Lloyd-Jones as a co-investigator who will lead mechanistic investigations into these new reactions.

Applicants should have, or expect to receive by the start date, a PhD in synthetic polymer chemistry or a closely related field. Additional postdoctoral experience is an advantage but not necessary. They should be capable of working in a team alongside a desire and potential to lead others where required. The project will involve the use of inert atmosphere synthetic techniques, monomer synthesis, catalyst synthesis, polymer synthesis and materials characterisation. The project will run alongside mechanistic investigations and reaction scale-up, so an interest in this area would be beneficial. Expertise in ring-opening polymerisation or sustainable polymer synthesis is desired. A familiarity with polymer chemistry, catalysis synthesis and screening and organic chemistry is beneficial. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in collaborative work as part of an EPSRC-funded research program involving global academic and industrial collaborators.

The position is available for 24 months. Further information about the research team can be found at The position is available from May 1 2017. Initial enquiries should be made to Dr Michael Shaver (

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