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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher ETN OXYTRAIN

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
30,800 or 34,250 (dependant on personal circumstances)
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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

Department of Chemistry, Heslington Campus West

Fixed Term – 36 months

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. 

Applications are invited to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of York, to work on a project studying small copper complexes of metalloenzymes. You will work on preparing and characterising small molecule copper complexes of metalloenzymes (lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases) to assess the ability of these complexes to oxidatively cleave polysaccharides.  Main duties will be to provide support to research project/s, undertaking research working within the overall programme and assisting with the day to day operation of the project/s and to undertake a programme of learning and development in the form of a PhD, as an integral part of the role.

You will have an Undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry, a broad knowledge of chemistry, skills in inorganic and organic synthesis, along with expertise in spectroscopic methods. Ability to undertake academic research, examples may include preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments and experience of working in chemistry and undertaking a research project is essential.

The applicant will join a vibrant and active research grouping in bioinorganic chemistry.

This full time position (37hpw) is available for 36 months and salary will be £30,800 or £34,250(family allowance)

To apply

Applicants must meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie eligibility criteria, which includes the requirement for a suitable degree for entry into a PhD programme. There are mobility criteria associated with this application so please check this on the OXYTRAIN website before submitting an application:

An application must also be submitted via the OXYTRAIN website:

If successful you will be paid according to Marie Skłodowska-Curie standards, providing a generous employment contract along with further support for research, training and career development. Fellowships for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are fundable for up to three-year periods.

Equal consideration will be given to female and male applicants.

Please direct queries on this post to Professor Paul Walton:

Closing Date: 1 June 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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. 

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity



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