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Green Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,076 - 32,004 a year
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Role Description

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, within the Department of Chemistry at the University of York, has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a new European H2020 project (STAR-ProBio) in the area of sustainability schemes for bio-based products. This is a collaborative project with 14 European partners consisting of universities and other research centres, chemical producers, and NGOs.

Your desk-based role will be to conduct and evaluate Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of manufacturing routes to bio-based products and compare these to petrochemicals. You will have to propose the bio-based product value chains for you and the other partners to investigate. You will also need to link your work to European policies, including standards, regulation, and the EU circular economy strategy on waste.

Key requirements

You should have relevant academic or industrial experience, prior LCA experience is essential, together with strong analytical and interpersonal skills. You will have to be a good team player with the ability to work to tight deadlines and one who can demonstrate excellent organisational and communication skills, both within the Green Chemistry group and with external partners.

The post is offered in the salary range £31,076 to £32,004 a year on grade 6 of the University of York scales on a full-time basis (although applications for flexible or part-time working will be considered). The post is available on a fixed-term contract until 28 February 2020.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor James Clark, Tel: +44 (0) 1904 322559 or e-mail: 

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