Postdoctoral Research Associate in Inorganic Chemistry (“KTP Associate”)


£32,817 to £40,322 p.a., Grade 7

Department of Chemistry, 12 Mansfield Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 p.a.

Applications are invited for a KTP Associate position (equivalent to Postdoctoral Research Associate) in inorganic chemistry to work between the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry and SENFI UK Ltd, a subsidiary of SCG Chemicals. The postholder will be jointly supervised by Professor Dermot O’Hare and Dr Bjoern Schimmoeller (SENFI UK). This project is co-funded for a period of 2 years by UKRI-Innovate UK and SENFI UK Ltd via a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) grant. The aim of the KTP award is to facilitate a strong collaboration between the Professor O’Hare research group ( and SENFI UK (, towards knowledge transfer and development of new high-tech solutions in the field of supercapacitors. The goal of the project is to develop next generation anode materials for application in high energy storage supercapacitor devices, facilitating the electrification of mobility, urban transportation and stationary storage solutions. This position provides additional benefits, including funding for career development opportunities, such as training and attending conferences.

The KTP Associate will be based at SENFI UK’s premises at Oxford University’s Begbroke Science Park to enable the KTP Associate to immerse him/herself in an industrial R&D environment. Therefore, the postholder must have a desire to work in a commercial environment and be willing to work effectively as a member of both Professor O’Hare’s research group and the SENFI UK team, acting as a bridge for the transfer of knowledge and expertise.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Inorganic, Organometallic or Materials Chemistry (or be close to completion) prior to taking up your appointment. You will have expertise in synthetic inorganic/materials chemistry, including the synthesis of layered materials, and experience in modern characterisation including PXRD, TGA, BET or solid-state NMR spectroscopy, electrochemistry. The KTP Associate will also be expected to assist with the drafting of business strategies and analysing competing technologies.

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You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday, Monday, 26 April 2021. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter. Please apply here.

The University of Oxford is a Bronze Athena SWAN holder and the Department of Chemistry is a Silver award holder.  Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in Chemistry research posts in Oxford.