Build your Career at Bristol

We want to support you in becoming an independent research leader! The School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol offers a dynamic and nurturing environment in which to do this. Our inclusive, diverse, and collaborative School provides a supportive, scientifically excellent and enjoyable framework in which you can build a successful scientific career. 

What we can offer you:

Support in preparing your Fellowship applications – You will have a senior academic mentor in Chemistry as well as support in preparing your fellowship applications from the University’s dedicated Research and Enterprise Development Team, including advice on all technical aspects and costings and support in preparing for interviews.

The best in research infrastructure and career development – You and your growing research group will have access to the School’s outstanding laboratories, equipped with >£35M of cutting edge instrumentation. You’ll join a highly collegiate and interdisciplinary academic environment and be able to engage with the University’s Staff Development Team, who support all elements of career development from teaching and research, to leadership and industry engagement.

A track record of success – The School of Chemistry has an excellent track record in hosting Independent Research Fellows and in supporting promising early career researchers as they embark on their independent research careers. The School currently hosts 13 independent research fellows and you can read profiles on some of them and their career development below. 

Equality of Research Support - We pride ourselves on ensuring equal and inclusive research support to all our researchers in the SoC through all stages of academic progression, with a positive working environment, including flexible and part-time work. Home working is supported by line managers. We actively support staff through periods of parental leave by adjusting workloads and providing cover for those staff wishing to take advantage of paternity or maternity leave.

If you are interested in applying for an independent research fellowship to be held in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, please contact the School Research Director, Professor Adrian Mulholland, at

If you would like more information on the internal process please contact RED, at 


Dr Mélanie Roffet-Salque (Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow)

Dr Mélanie Roffet-Salque is supported in her research ‌into the untapped potential of lipids extracted from archaeological pottery vessels to serve as a novel proxy for palaeoprecipitation and explores the link between climate change and human response in the past. In 2018, Mélanie was the recipient of an Enhancement Award from the Royal Society to support her research into the routing of hydrogen from drinking water and feed to ruminant tissues. Mélanie is based in the Organic Geochemistry Unit at the School of Chemistry and has collaborations with a number of Faculties and Schools within the University, as well as with archaeologists, zooarchaeologists, geneticists and modellers at institutions throughout Europe. Mélanie acts as the academic link for the postgraduate community and runs an MChem-level course on molecular and isotope approaches to investigating the past.

Dr Alastair Lennox (Royal Society University Research Fellow)

Dr Alastair Lennox joined us in 2017. His research falls under the Synthesis and Catalysis Research Theme at the School of Chemistry, as it focusses on the development of novel synthetic organic methodologies. His group has a strong focus on sustainability and application, and in particular, explores the use of electrochemistry as a tool for performing selective redox transformations in synthesis. Ali was awarded an EPSRC New Investigator Award in 2019 and a Starting Grant from the European Research Council in 2020. In addition to this support, his group works with several industrial partners, including GSK and Syngenta. Ali sits on the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion committee, is a supervisor on the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis, and convenes the Synthesis and Catalysis Research Theme seminar series. Ali is also involved in undergraduate teaching for 2nd and 3rd year organic chemistry.

Dr Beatrice Collins (Royal Society University Research Fellow)

Dr Beatrice Collins joined us in 2018. Her research is focused on the design and development of autonomously operating molecular motors. Her group uses modern synthetic methodologies (e.g. transition metal catalysis, photoredox catalysis, enzymatic biocatalysis) as a means of tackling the challenges posed by the development of out-of-equilibrium functional molecular systems. Following the award of her fellowship, Beatrice received an Enhancement Award from the Royal Society and in 2020 was awarded a Research Project Grant from The Leverhulme Trust for a project developed in collaboration with Professor Jonathan Clayden at the University of Bristol. Beatrice sits on the School’s Research Committee as the Early Career Representative, has been involved in mentorship programmes at the University, both as a mentor and as a mentee, and is involved in undergraduate teaching for 2nd year organic chemistry. Beatrice is also a supervisor on the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis hosted at the School of Chemistry.

Dr Bryan Bzdek (NERC Independent Research Fellow)

Dr Bryan Bzdek began his independent career at Bristol in 2017 having undertaken undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the US at Bucknell University and the University of Delaware, respectively. Bryan’s research spans the fields of analytical and physical chemistry and encompasses applications in environmental and aerosol science. In 2020 Bryan was awarded a prestigious Starting Grant from the European Research Council, which will support his research group’s investigations into the surface properties of microscopic aerosols and their climate effects. Bryan is associated with the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science, which is hosted in the School of Chemistry and includes seven UK institutions and more than 50 industrial partners. Bryan’s teaching responsibilities include a final year undergraduate course on aerosol chemistry as well as postgraduate units of nucleation and aerosol measurement. He also organises research seminars for the CDT and for the Computational Chemistry, Theory, and Dynamics research theme within the School.

Dr Pierangelo Gobbo (Vice Chancellor's Fellow)

Dr Pierangelo Gobbo research is multidisciplinary and aims to open up new frontiers in the field of synthetic biology by pioneering new technological advancements towards the spatio-temporal organisation of protocells into novel materials that are capable of emulating living tissues and displaying emergent synergistic behaviours. Pierangelo’s research falls under the Functional Molecules and Materials Research Theme and he is co-convener of the Theme’s seminar series. In 2020, Pierangelo was awarded an EPSRC New Investigator Award for the development of protocellular materials, and he currently leads a number of international collaborations with research groups in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada. Pierangelo is also involved in undergraduate teaching in Inorganic Chemistry and is a supervisor on the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis hosted at the School of Chemistry.

Professor M. Carmen Galan (Lecturer) 

Professor M. Carmen Galan joined the University of Bristol in 2006 as a lecturer in the School of Chemistry following doctoral and postdoctoral studies in the USA (The University of Georgia, The Scripps Research Institute, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology). In 2008, Carmen was awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship from the Royal Society to support her independent research career and from 2012 to 2017 she held a five-year EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship. In 2015 she was awarded an ERC Consolidator Award and was promoted to Reader. Since 2017 she has held the position of Professor in the School of Chemistry. She is also the Editor-In-Chief of the journal Carbohydrate Research. The Galan group uses synthetic organic chemistry as a tool to probe and manipulate the structure and function of biologically relevant molecules to study biological problems and potentially discover treatments for diseases. The group’s work is highly interdisciplinary, and they collaborate with colleagues throughout the University and across the globe. In  2017, she was awarded the RSC Carbohydrate Chemistry Dextra prize for her contributions to carbohydrate chemistry. Carmen is involved in teaching organic chemistry at all undergraduate levels and is director of the MSci in Chemistry with Study Abroad.

At Bristol, we’re proud to be able to host a number of externally-funded independent research fellows in the School of Chemistry. The excellent work of Early Career Researchers is vital to the success of any University, and here in the School of Chemistry we want to celebrate the number and quality of these research projects being undertaken by future leaders in Chemistry.

Emma Raven, Head of School
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