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Waynflete Professor of Chemistry

University of Oxford
Closing date
14 Feb 2022

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Academic, Chemistry, Organic, Research
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Waynflete Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry in association with Magdalen College

The University of Oxford intends to appoint to the Waynflete Professorship of Chemistry from 1 October 2022 or a date agreed thereafter.

The Waynflete Professorship is a premier appointment, one of a small number of Statutory Professorships currently held at the Department of Chemistry. This flagship chair, named after the founder of Magdalen College, was established in 1865 and has been occupied by some of the most influential organic chemists in history, including Nobel Prize winner Sir Robert Robinson, Sir Jack Baldwin and, most recently, Prof Steve Davies.

This post offers an exceptional opportunity to take on a strategic leadership role as a researcher, educator, and institution-builder in Organic Chemistry at Oxford.   The Waynflete Professor will influence the ongoing development of the field, its positive contribution to the understanding of and solutions for world-scale challenges, and the training and mentoring of the next generation of researchers.

The University seeks a scholar of international excellence with a world-leading and impactful track record of research and publications, as well as substantial success in securing external research funding.  The Waynflete Professor will also engage in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Department of Chemistry, and play a major role in the supervision, guidance and examination of graduate students.

You should have a proven record of original research of the highest quality in Organic Chemistry, and of securing research funding, with an excellent publication record and a demonstrable ability to provide research leadership and direction. You should be able to provide effective and innovative teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, to direct postdoctoral researchers and to communicate effectively with a wide range of colleagues within the Department, College and wider University.

If you would like to discuss this post in more detail, please contact Professor Ed Anderson via  Natalie Armstrong, Executive Assistant to the Head of Organic Chemistry.  All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence and will not form part of the selection process.

The Department of Chemistry proudly holds a departmental Athena SWAN Silver Award, and an institutional Race Equality Charter Bronze Award, which guide our progress towards advancing racial and gender equality. As part of our strategic aim to improve staff equality and diversity, we would particularly welcome applications from women, from disabled people, and from people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who are currently under-represented in positions of this nature at Oxford.

Please see the link to the document below for further details of the post and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 14 February 2022. Interviews are expected to be held in April or May 2022.



Oxford is one of the leading chemistry research departments in the world with around 80 academic staff carrying out international-level research, and an annual research income of around £15 million. According to the outcome of the REF 2014 assessment published Dec 18th 2014, 49% of the research profile submitted by Oxford Chemistry was regarded as 4* world-leading quality. The Department has not only the highest volume of 4* research of any UK Chemistry department- by some margin - but was also judged to have the top research environment. The Impact of the department’s research outside academia is also highly rated with over 55% in the 4* category.

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