Lecturer in Chemistry


London, Guy's Campus


  • Posted on: 01st Feb 2021
  • Salary: £46,292 - £54,534 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 014884
  • Closes: 11th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

King’s College London Chemistry is seeking a creative researcher who would like to develop forward-looking research programmes using inventive chemistry across discipline boundaries.

Current research in the department fuses chemistry, physics and biology with a distinctive focus on the chemistry of life. We believe this new biological focus for chemistry will drive the engineering of molecules, materials, and measurement tools to help understand health and treat disease.

We encourage applicants who have an expanding research profile and an ability for curiosity driven, perceptive research and are developing new research programmes distinct from previous PhD or postdoctoral work. We are interested in applications where core Chemistry, based upon physical, inorganic or synthetic approaches, is being used to stimulate new directions in Chemical Biology, Biomaterials, Epigenetics or Catalysis, complementing existing strengths within the department and King’s. However, we welcome applications across Chemistry that are imaginative and interdisciplinary and involve experimental or computational methods.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the design and delivery of modern teaching programmes and practices.

About the Department of Chemistry

King’s vision is to firmly establish a contemporary department, which realises the transformative power of Chemistry in interdisciplinary research.

We believe that realising the profound impact chemical sciences has across discipline interfaces is central to the scientific advances that are needed to solve some of the most pressing problems of the 21st century in medicine, energy, and the environment. This can be achieved by exploring innovations in Chemical Biology, Biomaterials Science, Bioelectricity, Synthetic Biology and Nanomedicine and key partnerships including the Francis Crick Institute and industry.

We are passionate about chemical education, a strategic focus for the department. In an innovative educational environment, students gain an integrated view of chemistry without the usual subdiscipline divides, becoming comfortable working beyond traditional confines of the subject. We offer modern BSc and MSci degree programmes in Chemistry, and our flagship Chemistry with Biomedicine. All programmes offer the opportunity to undertake a Year’s Professional Placement https://www.kcl.ac.uk/chemistry/undergraduate

We believe an inclusive workplace delivers greater impact and are looking for an individual who will help evolve our welcoming, vibrant, diverse and inspiring environment. A key part of our ethos is equality, with a dynamic and fulfilling culture for all, and an emphasis on tackling the under-representation of women in science.

If you are excited by the opportunities we offer, we would like to hear from you. You can find out more about us at:





This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the role are: to deliver research excellence and high-quality education, helping to shape the future of the department and embedding a supportive, collegiate culture. There are many opportunities to participate and lead aspects of department strategy, as well as to gain experience and mentorship to flourish.

The role holder will provide expertise in their chemistry specialism, securing funding to develop a highly respected international research programme, as well as developing productive collaborative links in academia or industry. They will nurture the talent of students and postdoctoral staff to ensure their effective development.

Guided by the department safety committee and practices, they will be responsible for health and safety in own area

The lecturer will enhance the education and experiences of our undergraduate students teaching appealing, up-to-date courses and contributing to the development of our curricula and teaching methods. They will obtain a professional qualification for university teaching.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

  • First Degree and/or Masters in relevant subject
  • PhD (or equivalent) level in Chemistry or related subject
  • Externally recognised, growing international reputation for their research evidenced for example by presentation of research at seminars or publications in scientific journals.
  • Interested in developing new knowledge, innovative research and broadening the boundaries of chemical research using their in-depth understanding of their research
  • Enthusiastic about educating the next generation of undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Effective communication skills, to engage different audiences
  • Proactive in creating and developing interactions and collaborations with colleagues

Desirable criteria

  • Proven ability to win competitive grant or fellowship funding and collaborating effectively
  • Invited contributions to international research conferences
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students

Further information

In additional to a personal statement, please upload:

1. Comprehensive academic CV

2. A maximum or 4 pages to include the following:

Research statement: Please highlight your vision, what you consider to be your best research so far and let us know your plans to attain funding, and how you intend to establish a nurture a group.

Teaching statement including how you would engage students and what you think the modern chemistry course should deliver to students.

Inclusion statement reflecting your views, and any experience, in promoting a climate that values diversity and inclusion, and how you will work constructively with colleagues.

This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health Clearance.

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