PhD position in smart materials UK

Iminoboronate Polymers as Dynamically Adaptable, Photoactive Materials. Polymers incorporating dynamic covalent bonds form an exciting class of “smart” materials that are able to adapt to, or can be altered in response to, applied chemical or environmental stimuli.This ESR will investigate the synthesis of a new class of dynamic, conjugated polymers based on the reversible iminoboronate ester bonding motif. The photophysical properties of the polymers will be studied and when promising material properties (efficient or stable emission, tunable emission, and good charge carrier mobility) have been identified, the ESR will fabricate devices from the polymers.

Applicants must satisfy the EC’s eligibility requirements for MSC-ESR Fellowships, and must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years. They should have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in a relevant scientific discipline. Knowledge of dynamic covalent chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and characterisation techniques for nano-sized assemblies would be an advantage. The Fellowships are offered in conjunction with a PhD position, subject to the Fellow satisfying the university’s admissions requirements for PhD study.

The Fellowships will provide a salary that includes a living allowance of around €40,000 p.a. plus a mobility allowance of around €6,425 p.a..

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a cover letter stating clearly which project you are interested in, your CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for two academic referees. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment workshop to be held in Cambridge in July.

For queries regarding this post, please contact Professor Jonathan Nitschke ( or Dr Anna McConnell (

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Lisa Masters (

Please quote reference MA06118 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Reference: MA06118

Closing Date Monday, 22 June, 2015

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months.