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Lecturer in Chemistry (Applied Molecular 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 (Applied Molecular Materials) will develop innovative applications of supramolecular materials whilst a second post (Synthetic Molecular Organic Materials) will develop innovative 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 the application of soft, self-assembled materials and their integration into new technologies. You will play a full part in teaching, 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 the study and application of soft molecular materials, for example in biological systems, optoelectronic devices, energy systems or other new technologies. You will be an interdisciplinary scientist, open to collaborating to achieve your goals. You will conduct interdisciplinary research applying supramolecular self-assembled materials in new technologies and have an excellent knowledge of molecular materials in an applied setting.

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: 19 and 20 April 2018

Vacancy reference: 6321

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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