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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,236-39,609 per year
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Role Description


You are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to work within and offer support to Professor Duncan Bruce's research group during his tenure as Head of Department in Chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the UK's leading Chemistry departments and we are renowned internationally for our research. This is combined with a commitment to teaching and outstanding student satisfaction, and we have been recognised consistently for our family-friendly policies and are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award:


This post consists of the following major elements:

  • To conduct research under the supervision of Professor Duncan Bruce and to contribute to the production of research, undertaking a research project in a research area to be agreed
  • To provide support to other members of Professor Bruce's group as required and to undertake some undergraduate teaching

The role will suit you if you have experience in synthetic chemistry, in particular luminescent metal complexes and perhaps some aspects of their photophysics, or in halogen bonding.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in Chemistry (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) and a PhD in Chemistry (must be awarded by start date)
  • Knowledge and experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research and specifically synthesis, most advantageously in relation to luminescent metal complexes, to engage in high quality research and of a range of spectroscopic methods
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills with ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals
  • Ability to work critically and rigorously, to work independently and also as part of a team of which you would be a senior member
  • Experience of carrying out a research project in synthetic or catalytic chemistry
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality and rigour
  • Collaborative ethos with a positive attitude to colleagues and students, supportive of those requiring assistance and a professional attitude to work
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the research
  • Willingness to work proactively with colleagues in other work areas/institutions
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, including using initiative to plan research programmes

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 36 months.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Duncan Bruce, Tel: +44 (0) 1904 322500 or e-mail:

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.

Closing date: 29 October 2018

Interview date: 20 November 2018

Vacancy reference: 7025


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