Research Associate/Fellow(s) in Chemical Intelligence

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to join the vibrant and dynamic team of Prof. Lee Cronin (Complex Chemical Systems Group –

). The researcher will be working in the area of artificial intelligence in chemistry, algorithm development chemical information, chemical synthesis, and exploring chemical space working in a multidisciplinary team. You will have skills / and / or interested in some of the following: artificial intelligence, multistep organic synthesis, robotics, chemical automation, programming, scripting and algorithm development. Candidates with some hobby level expertise in electronics / 3D printing are encouraged to apply. You will have a PhD in Chemistry with a strong Computer Science background and programming skills.

For appointment at Grade 8 some post doctorial experience in multiple areas as listed above, or at the interdisciplinary interface and / or some expertise in research coordination and running a team would be required

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal/Co Investigator:

  • Take a role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.
  • Take a role in the development of analytical pipelines and the application of regression, classification and unsupervised learning techniques to chemical platforms.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain your research profile and reputation and that of The University of Glasgow/ School/ Research Group, including establishing and sustaining a track record of publications of international quality in high profile/quality refereed journals, enhancing the research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit, and gathering indicators of esteem.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
  • Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
  • Take a role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
  • Take a role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community (eg. Academic and Industrial Partners).
  • Take a role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
  • Help in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
  • Perform administrative tasks related to the activities of the research group and School, including Budgets/Expenditure.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the PI.
  • For appointment at Grade 8:

    3. Take the lead in identifying and attracting new sources of independent and external research funding and researchers into this research area as opportunities permit to support future research.

    14. To present research findings at high profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to raise the profile of the research group in order to enhance the research strength of the School.

    15. To take a primary role in working with current Cronin-group industrial collaborators, centres, and potential industrial end users as well as identifying and establishing new collaborative agreements to support the research of the group and School.

    16. To make a leading contribution to the management of the team/project and sustain an enhanced level of academic outputs and profile.

    These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



    A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in subject specialism.

    A2 Specialist in informatics or software development, theoretical and practical knowledge of computer programming, machine learning and an interest in synthetic chemistry.

    A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism.

    A4 Knowledge of project-specific technical models, equipment or techniques.

    A5 Knowledge of specialist IT software (e.g. Python, C, GitHUB, MatLab, LabView, R) as appropriate.

    For appointment at Grade 8:


    A6 Some reputation in, and insight into, a relevant internationally competitive research area.

    A7 Knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area.

    A8 Proven skills in management of teams of researchers and delivery of research output (meetings / publications / reports).



    C1 Chemical informatics and computer programming with interest in automation in any guise.

    C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.

    C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.

    C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach.

    C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills.

    C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate.

    C7 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working.

    C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach.

    C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills.

    C10 MATLAB or other programming languages (as noted above).

    For appointment at Grade 8:


    C11 Able to work both individually as well as part of a team and manage staff members as appropriate to disseminate findings to colleagues.

    C12 Strong cross-discipline collaborative ability, including evidence of working across industry and academia.

    C13 Able to work in both industrial and academic environments with a good understanding of key legislative and policy frameworks.

    C14 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields


    D1 Exploring organic synthesis using computer-based approaches.

    D2 Comfortable developing expertise in multiple fields.



    E1 Sufficient relevant research experience normally 2-3 years.

    E2 Experience of scientific writing.

    E3 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner.

    E4 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences.

    E5 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities.

    E6 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers.

    E7 Experience in undertaking independent research.

    E8 Experience of computer programming / modelling.

    For Appointment at Grade 8


    E9 Experience of leading and contributing to applications for research grants.

    E10 Experience in undertaking independent experimental, theoretical and applied research.


    F1 An emerging national or international reputation.

    F2 Experience of robotic platforms, feedback control systems and databases.

    Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be Grade 7/8  7/8, £37,474 – £42,155 /£46,047 – £53,353 per annum.

    This post is full time, and has funding for up to 2 years.

    As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

    As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

    1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

    3 A flexible approach to working.

    We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community


    Vacancy reference number: 109153

    Closing date: 11 April 2023

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