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Research Associate (in situ Hyperpolarisation)

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Research Associate (in situ Hyperpolarisation)

University of York – Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance

Location: York

Salary Range: £31,604 - £35,550 a year

Hours: Full Time; 37 hours a week (flexibility is available)

Ref Number: 6526

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 29 April 2018

A fixed-term postdoctoral appointment in magnetic resonance is available to work with Dr Meghan Halse in the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM) at the University of York to develop low-field NMR instrumentation and methods to study the signal amplification by reversible exchange (SABRE) hyperpolarisation method in situ – that is under the conditions of weak magnetic field where the polarisation transfer effect takes place.

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.

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research.

You will join a team lead by Dr Meghan Halse ( and in addition to research responsibilities, you will be expected to assist with the supervision of more junior group members.

You will design and construct NMR instrumentation for in situ SABRE detection in the micro-to-millitesla regime and implement methods for exploring and controlling the SABRE polarisation transfer process in these fields. You will use appropriate research techniques and methods for the acquisition and analysis of experimental data. You will write-up and disseminate research results, coordinate publications and further contribute to the identification of possible new areas of research. You will be expected to participate in seminar and conference presentations and support supervision of PhD and project students as well as outreach activities

You are expected to have a first degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or related subject and a PhD in Chemistry, Physics or Engineering or equivalent experience. You will have significant knowledge and experience of a range of research techniques and methodologies relating to magnetic resonance. You should have experience in magnetic resonance methodology and/or instrumentation development and application. Experience in low-field NMR and hyperpolarisation is desirable. You will have an understanding of the operation of a research laboratory and an awareness of health and safety issues.

You will also have:

  • Highly developed communication skills including competency to make presentations at conferences
  • Ability and experience of developing research projects and objectives, conducting research projects and working in a harmonious team
  • Highly developed self-motivation with good time management and IT skills
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.

The post is fixed-term for a period of 24 months and will be available from 1 July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Salary from £31,604 - £35,550 a year on grade 6 of the University’s salary scales.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Meghan Halse (

Closing date: 29 April 2018

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