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Green Chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 33,518 a year
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Role Description

A fixed term postdoctoral appointment is available for up to 18 months in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, part of the Department of Chemistry, to work on an Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst grant in the area of integrated energy efficient microwave and unique fermentation processes for pilot scale production of high value chemicals from lignocellulosic waste. This is a collaborative project with the University of Bath and involves collaboration with several companies.

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 post holder will be expected to show research leadership in this area including project management, preparation of reports, publications and presenting to project partners. The project will involve close working with other members of the Green Chemistry group, members of the project consortium and with external collaborators from a range of industries on smaller projects.

The role will involve conducting individual and collaborative research projects, duties will include analysis and interpretation of research data and use of appropriate research techniques and methods.

You are expected to have a first degree in Chemistry with an appropriate Chemistry based PhD including knowledge of Green Chemistry and experience of Industrial Biotechnology and lignocellulosic biomass conversion.

You will also be familiar with a range of research techniques and methodologies for the characterisation of small molecules e.g. HPLC, GPC, DSC, GC, GCMS, FT-IR, TGA and NMR.

In addition:

  • You need to be willing to work in a highly diverse environment and be enthusiastic to develop new skills.
  • You will have an understanding of the operation of a research lab and awareness of health and safety.
  • You will have ability and experience of developing research projects and objectives, conducting research both individual and collaborative projects, and to work in a harmonious team
  • You will be highly self-motivated, with good time management, communication, collaboration and IT skills.
  • You will have ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination.

The post is offered on a full-time basis (although applications for flexible or part-time working will be considered). The post is available for up to 18 months, preferably starting on September 1st 2018 and ending February 29 2020 and the starting salary will be in the range £31,604 - £33,518 on Grade 6 of the University’s pay scales.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor James Clark, Tel: +44 (0) 1904 322559 or e-mail:

Closing Date: 11 July 2018

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.

Interviews to take place on the afternoon of the 7 August 2018

Vacancy Reference: 6752

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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