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Professor of Physical Chemistry


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £68,896 to £117,291 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
Closing Date:  Sunday 25 June 2023
Reference:  SCI147123

We are recruiting a Professor in Physical Chemistry with the expectation that the successful candidate will commence their employment from Autumn 2023. 

We seek an individual who can demonstrate that they are, or could be, a recognised international leader in the very widest sense of the field of experimental physical chemistry (including, but not limited to, spectroscopy, diffractometry, solid state, surface science, biological systems, physical organic chemistry) with intellectual vision, a commensurate publication track record and proven ability to secure substantive research funding. Ideally you should also demonstrate potential for the wider impact of your research through knowledge exchange activities including patents, commercialisation or significant public engagement and policy setting 

The successful candidate is expected to; play a key role shaping our research and training aligned with the University’s overarching research strategy; contribute to the excellent outputs of our four Research Themes (; demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching excellence; bring experience in mentorship and coaching of academic colleagues 

The School of Chemistry is home to a lively research community of over 160 PhD students and 70 postdoctoral researchers, and one of the largest and strongest Theoretical and Computational Chemistry groups in the UK. We are located in the main Chemistry Building and Bio-Discovery Institute on University Park, and the world-leading GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories on the Jubilee Campus. We have state of the art research facilities, which include high field (800/600 MHz) solution and solid-state NMR spectrometers, an extensive suite of XRD instrumentation, EPR, SQUID magnetometry and multiple types of mass spectrometer. Access to the cross-disciplinary Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre offers further facilities for imaging and surface analysis. We also have strong links to research groups in the Schools of Physics & Astronomy, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Life Sciences, the Medical School, and the Faculty of Engineering.  

At Nottingham we believe that a diverse and supportive environment is the best platform for cutting-edge research and excellent teaching. Our efforts to establish this have been recognised by an Athena Swan Silver award. For these roles we seek individuals who are committed to embracing our approach and who will provide leadership, promote a healthy work-life balance, and create an atmosphere in which all staff and students are valued and feel confident to be themselves.

The role is available on a permanent contract. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Steve Howdle, Head of School via Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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Our University is a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

Please note that applicants for this post will be considered on an equal basis, subject to the relevant permission to work in the UK as defined by the requirements set out by UK Visas & Immigration.  Please visit: for more information.

For successful international applicants, we provide financial support for your visa and the immigration health surcharge, plus an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses for any dependents accompanying you to the UK. For more information please see the our webpage on Financial support for visas and the immigration health surcharge.



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