Nanotechnology for Catalysis

Catalysis represents a major research strength of the UK and has been identified as an important underpinning technology for future economic growth and sustainability.  Advances in nano-structured catalysts offer unprecedented opportunities for novel, selective and sustainable transformations.  In particular the emergence of reliable techniques for the controlled synthesis of nanoparticles and nanoporous supports, with associated benefits in reactivity and processability, represents a considerable opportunity.

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications.

As part of the School of Chemistry you will develop independent and collaborative research in applications of nanotechnology to catalysis, and encouraged to exploit the outstanding interdisciplinary research opportunities within, for example, the Institute for Process Research and Development and/or Energy Leeds.

You would also be expected to submit applications for a personal fellowship (e.g. EPSRC Early Career, ERC Starting or Consolidator) as well as project-based applications both as PI and as a contributing co-I on major collaborative grants within the University and beyond.

You will also participate strongly in the development and delivery of relevant educational material/programmes at undergraduate, Masters and PhD (CDT) level.

You will hold a PhD and have significant proven research experience within the field of nanotechnology applied to catalysis (including evidence of research leadership appropriate to the career stage e.g. lead authorship of significant publications, ability to attract independent funding), the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, and a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Steve Marsden, tel: +44 (0)113 343 6425, email:

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