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Lecturer in Chemistry (Synthetic Molecular Organic Materials)

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full or part-time (see job details)
Contract status
38,832-47,722 per year (pro-rata, if applicable)
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Role Description

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). It is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of student experience, novel teaching methods and final outcomes. Students rated the Department with an overall satisfaction rating of 95% in the National Student Survey 2017.


As part of its long-term research strategy, the Department of Chemistry is seeking to appoint two Lecturers within the Molecular Materials Group in Chemistry (, This post (Synthetic Molecular Organic Materials) will develop innovative supramolecular materials whilst a second post (Applied Molecular Materials) will develop innovative applications of supramolecular materials. If you would like to be considered for each position, please apply for each separately.  

As a successful candidate, you will undertake research of the highest international standards, and make a major and positive contribution to the research standing and culture of the Molecular Materials Group and the Department. You will be expected to develop an internationally leading research programme focused on synthesis and assembly of molecular materials using carefully designed molecular-scale building blocks. You will play a full part in teaching organic/materials chemistry, research supervision and administration within the Department of Chemistry, contributing to teaching according to your background and expertise.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

You will have a PhD in Chemistry, with excellent team working, organisation, IT and communication skills, with some teaching experience in undergraduate-level Chemistry.

You will already have an excellent track record at PhD and postdoctoral research, and will now be aiming for an independent research career.  You will be skilled in applying synthetic chemistry to create systems that assemble into nanostructured materials/biomaterials such as gels, polymers, micelles, vesicles or nanoparticles and it is expected that the materials generated will be self-assembled soft matter systems, rather than crystalline/’hard’ materials.  You will be interested in applying your innovative materials, and will have a multidisciplinary outlook, who can work with those in other disciplines to achieve this. 

You will have an appropriate academic professional and teaching qualification or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

Informal enquiries can be made to Molecular Materials Group Leader, Professor David Smith ( or the Head of Department, Professor Duncan Bruce (

You will support your application with a four-page research proposal in addition to a covering letter that will detail how your interests and experience would allow you to establish your own, independent research programme, as well as collaborate fruitfully with other scientists in York. The covering letter will also include a statement on your experience and expectations of undergraduate teaching. Do not upload copies of publications; the ‘Academic Paper’ you upload should be your research proposal.

The post is full-time (although applications for flexible or part-time working will be considered) and is available from June 2018.

The salary is on Grade 7 of the University scales and in the range £38,832 - £47,722 per year.

Closing Date: 25 February 2018

Interview Date: 12 and 13 April 2018

Vacancy reference: 6320

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.

Athena Swan Gold

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity



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