Readership or Chair in Chemistry

Job summary

The Department of Chemistry is seeking applications for up to three senior academic positions starting in the next 6-18 months. The positions are open to outstanding candidates at all levels of seniority whose research and teaching interests are blues skies research and fundamental discovery aligned with seeking solutions for industrial and global challenges across the full breadth of Chemistry. You are expected to broaden the Department’s...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00502
  • Date posted 24 July 2019
  • Closing date 30 September 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemistry is seeking applications for up to three senior academic positions starting in the next 6-18 months. The positions are open to outstanding candidates at all levels of seniority whose research and teaching interests are blues skies research and fundamental discovery aligned with seeking solutions for industrial and global challenges across the full breadth of Chemistry. You are expected to broaden the Department’s research capabilities, while complementing our existing strengths (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/chemistry/research/

You will contribute to the academic mission of Imperial College London to deliver world-class scholarship, education and research. In addition, you will be required to contribute towards administration within the Department. 

You will have evidence of engagement in high-quality international-level research, and a proven ability to obtain research funding that is appropriate for the level you are applying for. Your work may fall within any of the six departmental themes of Synthesis and Catalysis; Chemical Biology and Healthcare; Environmental and Green Chemistry; Energy; Imaging, Sensing and Analytical Chemistry; and Materials and Molecular Design. Possible areas include, but are not restricted to digital chemistry and dial-a-molecule approaches, polymer chemistry and analytical chemistry.

We especially welcome applicants who are female or from other under-represented groups.

Duties and responsibilities


  • To undertake original research at a high international standard in the chemical sciences

  • To publish the results of this research in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals

  • To obtain external funding to support the research from Government Research Councils, Charity, Industry and other national and international funding agencies

  • To contribute to teaching and examination on appropriate courses of the undergraduate Chemistry degree within the Department of Chemistry

  • To supervise MPhil/PhD research students

  • To undertake appropriate administrative tasks as directed by the Head of Department

  • To undertake necessary training and/or development

Essential requirements


  • A good honours degree and a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemistry or in a discipline that underpins your research interest.

  • An international reputation for research and innovation, underpinned by a record of first class publication

  • The potential to raise significant external research funding from a variety of sources to maintain and enhance the College’s research activities

  • Extensive previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level and a record of successful postgraduate student supervision.

  • Evidence of being able to establish and lead a coherent research programme

  • Experience in financial management, management of staff and institutional promotion, promoting the profile of your research both internally and externally.

  • Ability to communicate well, conveying ideas and concepts clearly and effectively

  • Ability to present yourself to potential funders with authority and coherence

  • Ability to teach effectively at both undergraduate and postgraduate level

  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and with other research groups nationally and internationally


Reader



  • To be appointed at Reader level, you will have extensive professional experience. Individuals will have a substantial reputation in their field and make a significant impact on their discipline or profession through effective and innovative academic leadership in research and/or education. Roles which focus on research will involve an established national and international reputation through original research work and a clear record of impact shown, for example in substantial and sustained research income. Individuals will combine an established research profile with a focus on teaching, research student supervision, course development and departmental leadership and management activity.


 Professor



  • To be appointed at Professorial level, you will have internationally recognised leadership and a substantial and sustained reputation in research and education by outstanding contributions to its advancement. In research, there will be a sustained international reputation based on an extensive track record of research with a major influence on the discipline or profession and a significant impact shown, for example in sustained influence on research income. In education, specialists at this level will have broadened and deepened their impact on teaching methods and systems, both internally and externally and there will be evidence of creative and scholarly work which has had a significant impact. For this role, there will generally be significant leadership responsibilities on behalf of the department and/or the College and a significant management contribution.

Further information

The position will be based at South Kensington and White City Campus

Our preferred method of application is online via http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/ by clicking on “Apply now”. 

Informal enquiries may be made to: Professor Oscar Ces, (Head of Department, o.ces@imperial.ac.uk)  or Professor Sophia Yaliraki (Chair, Appointments Committee; s.yaliraki@imperial.ac.uk)

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to: Mrs Maria Monteiro, Senior Appointments Manager. (m.monteiro@imperial.ac.uk)  

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.