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Research Associate in Applied Spectroscopy and Catalysis

34,308 a year
Grade 6
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at
University of York campus
Interview date
To be confirmed
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Role Description

Applications are invited for a research associate to work in the groups of Dr Jason Lynam (, Prof Ian Fairlamb ( and Prof Neil Hunt ( The work is funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and will focus on the development and implementation of 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 applications of new spectroscopic and automated methods 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 the 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 Gold Award.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics or related discipline.
  • Expert knowledge of:
    • Research techniques and methodologies related to molecular spectroscopy.
    • Laser and time-resolved spectroscopy techniques
    • Mechanistic aspects of catalysis and transition metal chemistry.
  • Ability to produce high quality publications, using high level analytical skills.
  • 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 to date.

Interview date: To be confirmed

Informal enquiries are encouraged and very welcome: please contact Dr Jason Lynam,, 01904 322534.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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