Research Associate in Synchrotron Methods for Catalysis at UK Catalysis Hub and Cardiff University

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated scientist with proven intellectual and technical abilities to work on the new phase of the successful UK Catalysis Hub programme. The UK Catalysis Hub brings together the breadth of skills within the UK catalysis community to tackle complex catalytic challenges. This project will be focussed on developing in situ and operando methods for establishing structure-function relationships in all areas of catalysis, both heterogeneous and homogeneous.

The researcher will be part of the research group of Professor Catlow, and will be based at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), and will work with leading researchers in the field. This is a significant opportunity to be part of an established research group with strong links to national and international ,  in the field of catalysis. The location at the RCaH provides unique possibilities to interact with the world-leading research facilities on the Harwell Campus, e.g. Diamond Light Source, the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source and the Central Laser Facility. The successful candidate should have first-hand experience in using synchrotron radiation sources to perform X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification in chemistry or related discipline, and a track record of academic and research excellence. Potential candidates should also demonstrate an ability to write research papers independently, present their work at international conferences and be able to work successfully with other research groups. 

Further information is available at the following group webpages:
Prof Richard Catlow:

For informal enquiries about the role and the School of Chemistry/RCaH, please contact Professor Richard Catlow: e-mail; Tel. +44 (0) 29 2087 4069.

For further details about working at Cardiff University, please contact: Ms Caroline Pasmore (

For information about working at the RCaH site, please contact Dr Josie Goodall (

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is available immediately for 12 months.

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Salary: £39,347 Р£44,263 per annum (Grade 6). It is not anticipated that an appointment be made above £39,347 per annum (Grade 6.32).

Closing date: Tuesday, 29 August 2023

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