Research Associate in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

We are looking for a postdoctoral research associate who wants to join our group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. The position is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with funding for 26 months. The starting date is negotiable, but it should be as soon as possible.

The aim of the research project is to develop methodologies to link synthetic cells or protocells together and organise them into extended and free-standing tissue-like materials called protocellular materials ( For this, we will use a wide range of chemical methodologies including polymerisations, click chemistry reactions, and self-assembly techniques.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic researcher, with excellent organizational and communication skills. The successful candidate will hold (or be working towards) a PhD in organic or materials chemistry. Previous experience in the field of protocell design is not required. We will train the candidate on all methodologies and specifics of bottom-up synthetic biology.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a cover letter. The cover letter should introduce the candidate’s background and clearly state why they would like to work with us and what they can bring to the group. The candidates should also provide the names of 2 referees who have been former supervisors and can be contacted for a reference letter.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT and BAME communities, to join us.

The closing date for applications will be on the 30th April 2021. Please apply ASAP through this link, as we may stop recruitment before the 30th April if a suitable candidate is found.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Pierangelo Gobbo (

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