Job reference: SAE-015979

Location: Sackville Street, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 04/01/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: 1 February 2021 until 1 August 2022

This unique PDRA position will be located in the group of Prof. Lev Sarkisov, within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in the University of Manchester. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) confirmed the position of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science ( as one of a small group of elite chemical engineering departments within the UK. Our success capitalises on the synergies between chemical engineering and bioscience, chemistry, mathematics, and analytical and measurement science. Our broad research base enables us to study the design, operation and integration of different complex systems – particularly industrial, biological, and instrumentation – and apply chemical engineering in a 21st century context.

Overall Purpose of the Job

Sarkisov’s group at the University of Manchester in collaboration with Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (Cambridge) and Prof. Sotirios Tsaftaris (Edinburgh) seeks an enthusiastic, high quality PDRA candidate to work on a blue-sky project in the area of computational discovery of novel Metal-Organic Frameworks.

Background of the project: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) is one of the most exciting developments in material science in the last 30 years, with thousands of materials already discovered and hundreds of thousands hypothesized. Yet, their scale-up production and industrial applications are lagging behind. To a significant extent we attribute this profound gap between the promise of MOFs and their industrial use to the fact that, while the search for functions and properties of MOFs shifted towards computational screening, their synthesis largely remains the traditional trial-end-error endeavour. What if the knowledge and expertise on the synthesis conditions of all MOFs scattered over tens of thousands of articles published so far could be assembled and formulated for analysis and data mining? A single information nexus, containing featurized data on synthesis of all existing MOFs, and augmented with machine learning and datamining tools will significantly accelerate discovery of new materials and development of more efficient synthesis protocols with higher yield, quality of materials, greener solvents and likely to transform MOFs from niche domain to industrial applications.

Specifics of the position and environment:

This is a 1.5-year fixed term PDRA position with a possibility of further extension for another 1.5 years subject to progress and results. In Manchester, the appointed PDRA will be a part of the vibrant Multiscale Modelling group of 13 academics with a broad set of research interests, expertise and topics under investigation ( Subject to the progress of the project, the PDRA will be supported in the application to the available fellowship schemes (such as the University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society). Further aspects of the environment include access to the Computational Shared Facility in Manchester (a 9,500 core cluster), other computational resources, and specialized training. Opportunities to gain experience in teaching and supervision of PhD, MEng and MSc students are also available.

You must have a PhD or equivalent qualification in a relevant field (Chemical Engineering,  Chemistry, Material Science, Physics, Mathematics, Informatics).

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Lev Sarkisov 


General enquiries:


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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