Readership in Computational Chemistry

King's College London

Closing date: 31 March 2021

014849 £57,631 - £64,405 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Natural & Mathematical Sciences Chemistry Kelly Lawless - Department Manager,
Guy's Campus Academic and teaching

Job description

King’s College London Chemistry is seeking a creative researcher with a forward-looking research programme using inventive computational chemistry approaches.
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 applications from researchers who are devising new directions that cross discipline boundaries and enhance the existing strengths of the department at the life science interface. Equally we welcome applications from computational chemists that will enrich our interactions across the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering Sciences at King’s, where there is also considerable investment and expansion.
We would like to hear from people who are keen to transform chemistry education with ideas for developing a modern computational chemistry curriculum that integrates across the discipline. The successful applicant will be involved in the strategic development of a contemporary department and support a friendly working environment by inspiring academics and promoting collaborative endeavours.
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 chemistry 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
We believe an inclusive workplace delivers greater impact and are looking for an individual with the ability to encourage the development and contribution of diverse perspectives, approaches and talents in our welcoming, vibrant, 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

A key responsibility will be to provide academic leadership in chemistry and interdisciplinary research, fostering talents of staff and students to sustain a supportive, diverse and collegiate departmental culture and help us benefit from a wide range of talent and backgrounds. This will involve mentoring and inspiring early career staff and nurturing skills and ambitions of their research group.
The role holder will assist with and lead aspects of the development and implementation of department strategy.
The successful applicant will be able to cultivate a new internationally prominent research area within the department, working with other colleagues at King’s and beyond (e.g. at our partner organisation the Francis Crick Institute, other institutions and in industry) exploiting chemistry imaginatively to address societal challenges and leading exciting, collaborative research programmes. An aim is to increase the international presence of the department, link into national funding strategies and secure large-scale funding by leading strategic multi-site grant applications.
A central aspect of the role will be to guide a revamp of our chemistry curriculum to ensure computational chemistry is embedded across the whole course, highlighting the latest developments. The appointee will teach at undergraduate level and help to establish a new, modern master’s degree course focused largely on computational chemistry.
All academic staff are expected to have/obtain a professional qualification for university teaching, be responsible for health and safety in own area and undertake any other reasonable duties that may be requested by the Head of Department.
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 level in Chemistry or related subject
  • In-depth understanding of their research to enable the development of new knowledge, innovation and understanding within the field
  • Sponsor the development of a collegiate department with a dynamic, inspirational research and education culture together with an inclusive environment that is able to make the most of diverse talents and ideas
  • Proactive in educating and supporting PhD students and postdoctoral research staff, and mentoring early career staff to ensure their effective development
  • Experience in obtaining funding and leading a research group
  • Capacity for actively encouraging the development and contribution of diverse perspectives and approaches, enhancing research creativity and student experience
  • Effective communication skills, to engage audiences, convey conceptual and complex ideas and information, and articulate a research vision
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team to deliver and develop a modern chemistry curriculum and teach at all levels as well as with an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Adept at leading and developing talents of others to work across discipline boundaries and work together on fruitful multi-PI grants and research projects
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workloads, supporting others in workload balance

Further information

Additional application details:
In additional to a personal statement, please upload:
  • Comprehensive academic CV
  • 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 approach to winning funding, leading collaborations, group supervision and publishing your research, as well as the new areas you are exploring.
Teaching statement including how you engage students with examples of success, and what you think the modern chemistry course should deliver to students.
Inclusion statement reflecting experience and future goals in promoting a climate that values diversity and inclusion, evidence of supporting others, your leadership style and how you will work constructively with colleagues.

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