Research Associate in Applied Spectroscopy and Catalysis
£33,309 a year
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
University of York campus
To be confirmed
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Applications are invited for a research associate to work in the groups of Dr
Jason Lynam (https: // www. york.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/academic/h-n/jlynam/),
Prof Ian Fairlamb
(https: // www. york.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/academic/d-g/ifairlamb/) and Prof
Neil Hunt (https: // www. york.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/academic/h-n/neil-
hunt/#research-content). The work is funded by the UK's Engineering and
Physical Science Research Council and will apply infra-red spectroscopic
methods to probe the mechanism of transition metal-mediated reactions. The
project will involve working as part of an interdisciplinary team focussed on
the implementation of new spectroscopic and automated methods and then
applying them to the study of transition metal-catalysed reactions.
The post-holder will be based in York and will focus upon measurement and
interpretation of IR spectra of catalytic reactions recorded across a range of
timescales with different techniques. The project will involve the
implementation of a new spectrometer system, integrating the instrument with
existing lasers and the development of appropriate sampling methods.
You will join a large and vibrant research team covering chemical synthesis,
mechanistic studies, new methods for automated analysis and time-resolved
spectroscopy. You will be responsible for devising methods for supervised and
automated data collection and the subsequent analysis of IR spectra of metal-
catalysed reactions. You will also assist in identifying and developing
potential areas of research and developing proposals for independent or
collaborative research projects. The project will involve working as part of
an interdisciplinary team and periods of time at the ULTRA facility based at
the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. You will provide guidance to other staff
and students as required and assist with undergraduate teaching.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is renowned
internationally for its research. This research reputation stands alongside
the Department's distinctive and highly praised approach to teaching, and also
to its sector-leading family friendly working policies. The department is one
of the largest and most successful departments at York. As a department, we
strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to
contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena Swan
Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed
PhD in Chemistry, Physics or related discipline.
Expert knowledge of:
Research techniques and methodologies related to molecular spectroscopy.
Ultrafast laser and time-resolved spectroscopy techniques
Mechanistic aspects of catalysis and transition metal chemistry.
Ability to produce high quality publications, using high level analytical
Ability to disseminate your work effectively through oral presentations at
conferences or in other appropriate events.
Ability to be an effective team member and to forge meaningful
relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Committed to personal development and keeping your knowledge and skills up
Interview date: To be confirmed
Informal enquiries are encouraged and very welcome: please contact Dr
Jason Lynam, Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org, 01904 322534.
The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL
We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black,
Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the
We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and
inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork