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Professor of Physical Chemistry

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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62,585 minimum a year
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Role Description

Athena Swan Gold

We seek to appoint a Professor of Physical Chemistry with exceptional and internationally recognised achievement in any branch of experimental physical chemistry or chemical physics, in particular with interests that sit within the broader remit of photochemistry and spectroscopy. The position will be based within the Physical Chemistry group, which has distinctive research strengths in gas-phase electron diffraction, photochemistry and spectroscopy, the molecular design of new materials and devices, theoretical and computational chemistry, and applied and fundamental research in nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging.

The successful applicant will be a dynamic research leader with a proven track record and will work alongside colleagues in the department in helping York further enhance its very strong reputation in both research and teaching. They will be expected to play a leadership role in supporting and strengthening physical chemistry and in contributing to the teaching of physical chemistry at York.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the UK's leading Chemistry departments and is renowned internationally for its research, having performed exceptionally strongly in the recent Nature Index 2017 Innovation Table. Combined with a commitment to high-quality teaching and outstanding student satisfaction, it is recognised consistently for its family-friendly policies and is proud of its Athena SWAN Gold Award.

The Candidate:

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics or related discipline.
  • Established track record of high-quality research achievements.
  • A track record of published outputs in leading high-impact international and national peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to define, lead, manage and attract funds for research from diverse funding sources and with demonstrated potential to exploit opportunities in the current research funding climate.
  • Experience of taking responsibility for teaching and learning at undergraduate level and evidence of successful course planning, design and delivery across a range of modules.
  • Ability to contribute to the strategic development of the Department.

Why York?
The University of York is a highly successful institution with a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university and have experienced significant growth over the past ten years, securing national and international recognition for our academic excellence. Our attractive landscaped campus has seen significant development which will continue as the University further develops its national and international reputation. The Department of Chemistry is a multi-disciplinary department with an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.

Salary: Professorial: current minimum £62,585 a year

To apply
Informal enquiries may be directed to the Head of Department, Professor Duncan Bruce (, +44 (0)1904 322500) or the Chair of the Department Research Committee, Professor Lucy Carpenter (; +44 (0)1904 324588). Candidates are encouraged to make contact with the department prior to application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the department prior to formal interview.

Closing date: 2 October 2017
Interviews will be held in York on: 23 and 24 November 2017

We value 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. We are an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability 

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity



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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.