Applications are invited for a research associate to work in the groups of Prof Caroline Dessent, and Prof Ian Fairlamb. The work is funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and will focus on the development and implementation of a new instrument that will combine infra-red spectroscopic methods with mass spectrometry. This new instrument will be applied for Process Analytical Technology (PAT), and we will work with our project partners, Syngenta, to better understand catalytic reaction processes used in the production of agrichemicals. The project will involve the initial development of the instrument, and then testing it as an analytical tool.
The post-holder will be based in York and will focus over the initial stages of the project on the construction and implementation of the new instrument. This work will be conducted with the aid of our project partners Thermo Fisher Scientific and Photonics Solutions. The second stage of the project will involve deploying the instrument as an analytic tool for detecting small molecules that are involved in catalysis reactions employed in agrichemical production. During this stage of the project, the research associate will have the opportunity to spend time at the Syngenta PAT facility in Switzerland. You will join the growing, vibrant research groups at York who apply laser spectroscopy across areas of analytical chemistry and the characterisation of chemical reaction mechanisms. You will be responsible for devising methods for automated data collection and the subsequent analysis of IR spectra obtained. You will also assist in identifying and developing potential areas of research and developing proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. You will have opportunities to provide guidance to other staff and students and to assist with undergraduate teaching if desired.
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Interview date: To be confirmed
Informal enquiries are encouraged and very welcome: please contact Prof Caroline Dessent, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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