University of Nottingham

Sir Jesse Boot Professor of Organic Chemistry

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Reference: SCI173722

Closing Date: Monday, 12th September 2022

Job Type: Research & Teaching

Department: School of Chemistry/ Biodiscovery Institute

Salary: £93499 to £111642

The School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham seeks to appoint the next Sir Jesse Boot Chair of Organic Chemistry. This prestigious endowed chair was established in 1920 through a philanthropic donation by Sir Jesse Boot. 

To be successful in this role, you must be able to demonstrate that you are, or could be, a recognised international leader in the field of organic chemistry in its very widest sense (from physical organic chemistry, organic synthesis and catalysis, organic materials/supramolecular chemistry through to chemical biology and biophysics) with a commensurate publication track record, intellectual vision, and proven ability to secure substantial research funding. Ideally you should also be able to demonstrate potential for the wider impact of your research through patents, commercialisation activities or significant public engagement and policy setting.   

You will play a key role in helping us define the research and training agenda of our vibrant school aligned with the university’s overarching research strategy; be committed to our efforts in sustainable chemistry; and contribute to the excellent outputs of our four research themes. With a strong commitment to teaching excellence together with experience of mentorship and coaching of academic colleagues, your impact is expected to stretch far beyond the School of Chemistry.   

We offer state-of-the-art facilities in the School of Chemistry, the Biodiscovery Institute, and the unique Carbon Neutral Laboratory which is part of our Centre for Sustainable Chemistry. We have high field (800/600 MHz) NMR, X-ray crystallography and multiple types of mass spectrometry, as well as a lively research community of over 160 PhD students and 70 postdoctoral researchers.   

Nottingham is designated as one of only six Science Cities in the UK. Many Chemistry alumni have entered the vibrant local research incubators contained within Nottingham’s BioCity and MediCity. These, together with other pharmaceutical and chemical companies in the region offer significant opportunities for research collaboration.   

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 this role we seek an outstanding chemist who is committed to embracing our approach and who will also provide leadership to enhance the culture in our School, to promote a healthy work-life balance, and to create an atmosphere in which all staff and students are valued and feel confident to be themselves. 

This role is available on a permanent contract. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours) though applications for a minimum 29 hours per week will be considered. 

To access the role profile and person specification and to make an application please use the apply link below. 

The application process requires you to submit your CV, publication record and a two-page statement outlining your motivation for the role, what you will bring to Nottingham and how you meet the requirements of the role (as outlined in the role profile). 

Applications are welcomed by Monday 29th August 2022. 

Interviews will be held early October and we will be looking for the successful applicant to take up the position on a mutually agreed start date in 2023. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Steve Howdle, Head of School of Chemistry tel: 0115 951 3486 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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.

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 dependants 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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