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Experimental Officer - NMR Spectroscopy

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
31,076 - 38,183 a year
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Role Description

Athena Swan Gold

The Role

The Experimental Officer in High-Resolution Biomolecular and Chemical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy will primarily provide support for a broad range of high impact biomolecular and chemical research that uses Bruker 700 and 600 MHz NMR instruments in the Centre for Magnetic Resonance. Users of these systems include research groups interested in biomolecular structure and interactions (including protein-protein, protein-nucleic acid and protein-ligand), and synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry. Other facilities in this active research area include X-ray diffraction and crystallisation, biophysical interactions, small molecule screening and single molecule microscopy. 

Key requirements

The successful applicant will be required to have a PhD or equivalent experience either in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Physics, with a firm practical NMR background. You will implement new and existing pulse sequences for the analysis of a wide variety of samples, in particular biomolecules and thus expertise in biomolecular NMR spectroscopy is required. You will also provide support for the use of several other NMR spectrometers in the Department. You will work within a large community of researchers from Departments of Chemistry and Biology who study biomolecular structure, function, dynamics and interactions. 

About York/Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry has established a Centre for Magnetic Resonance that provides advanced NMR support for multidisciplinary research where magnetic resonance is applied to the study of chemical and biological problems. The Centre houses a variety of NMR spectrometers including a 700 MHz instrument primarily used for biomolecular NMR across the Chemistry and Biology Departments. A recent investment has seen this instrument upgraded with a state-of-the-art console and nitrogen-cooled (Prodigy) probe that significantly enhances its capability for a wide range of experiments. 

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The proportion of research activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education institutions for the impact of its research.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York. The Department was placed in the top ten UK universities for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF).  As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award. 

The post is full-time (although applications for flexible or part-time working will be considered) and the starting salary will be £31,076 – £38,183a year on Grade 6 of the University salary scales. 

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The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive. 




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