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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Materials

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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A Royal Society-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available immediately in the Molecular Materials Laboratory to work in the newly formed group of Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro on a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension for a further year. This project falls within the context of the Royal Society-funded programme entitled ‘Multi-Dimensionally π-Conjugated Supra(macro)molecular Assemblies and Materials.’ 

The Department of Chemistry is one of the UK's leading Chemistry departments and is renowned internationally for its research, having performed exceptionally strongly in the recent Nature Index 2017 Innovation Table. Combined with a commitment to high-quality teaching and outstanding student satisfaction, it is recognised consistently for its family-friendly policies and is proud of its Athena SWAN Gold Award.


The successful candidate will undertake a senior role in the Avestro Group and conduct excellent research on the development of ‘‘Three-Dimensionally Conjugated Organic & Hybrid Materials for Efficient Electron Transport.’ They will lead the design of new multi-electron acceptor materials with precisely oriented molecular-level π-interactions of its redox centres. Emphasis is placed on molecular/crystal structure–electrochemical property analysis and correlation. The initial stages of the project will concern the synthesis and structural characterisation of redox-active molecular and coordination materials (which may include metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)) featuring unique three-dimensional (i.e., radial) π-conjugation. As the research progresses, postdoctoral activities will evolve to pursue the evaluation of the most promising materials within solid-state organic electronic applications, e.g., alongside collaborators. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree in Chemistry or Chemistry-related subject
  • PhD in organic synthesis, coordination chemistry or related molecular materials science
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of electroactive molecular and/or coordination materials, which can include metal-organic frameworks
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of research techniques and methodologies (e.g., synthetic methods; X-ray diffraction analysis; BET, TGA, DSC; advanced microscopies; advanced solid-state spectroscopy; electrochemistry and thin-film conductivity analyses)
  • Ability to think logically and creatively, and make well-informed decisions to progress the project as well as in the decision-making of others requiring assistance
  • Highly developed English-language communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media including publication in journals and delivery of presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative
  • Highly motivated and professional work ethic, with commitment to high quality, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro

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Closing date: 30 November 2018

Interview date: To be confirmed

Vacancy reference: 7121

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