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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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

Introduction / The Role

Applications are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in synthetic organic chemistry to work with Dr Will Unsworth in the Department of Chemistry, University of York. Funded by the EPSRC (UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), the project involves the development of novel methods to synthesise functionalised macrocycles using Successive Ring Expansion (SuRE) methodology.  The PDRA will join a team led by Dr Will Unsworth, and in addition to research responsibilities, the PDRA will be expected to assist with the supervision of more junior group members.

The main purpose of the role is:

  • To conduct research into the development of novel ring expansion methods for the synthesis of macrocycles and medium-sized rings under the supervision of Dr Will Unsworth, and to contribute to the production of research outputs relating to this. Duties to include:
    • Analysis and interpretation of research data
    • Use of appropriate research techniques and methods
    • Writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities
    • Contributing to the identification of possible new areas of research
    • Carrying out industrial placements at Project Partners as necessitated by the project
    • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects

The position is tenable for a period of 13 months and is available from 1st August 2017

Salary will be within the range: £31,076 - £38,183 per annum.

Key requirements

You will require a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry including knowledge and experience of a range of research techniques and methodologies (e.g. organic synthesis, chromatography, spectroscopy). You should have experience in one of methodology development of total synthesis. You will have an understanding of the operation of a research laboratory and an awareness of health and safety issues. You will be highly self-motivated, with good time management, communication and IT skills. You will have ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.

About Chemistry

You will join the Unsworth research group in order to undertake this project, see: for further details.

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.

To apply

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Will Unsworth (

Closing Date: 14 June 2017

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. 

Vacancy Reference: 5729

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