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Technical Specialist in Laser Spectroscopy

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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A Technical Specialist in Laser Spectroscopy is sought to support exciting developments in Physical Chemistry at the University of York. The section undertakes internationally-leading research in areas spanning ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy, time-resolved electron diffraction, liquid and solution dynamics, novel gas-phase photochemical studies and photochemical NMR spectroscopy. The successful candidate will support this activity alongside working with Physical Chemistry academic staff to establish a new multi-user laser spectroscopy and photochemistry facility.

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 appointed candidate will:

  • Manage the day-to-day organisation and operation of an existing suite of specialised laser spectroscopy laboratories (including ultrafast lasers), vacuum systems and associated support laboratories.
  • Proactively provide expertise in experimental and technical aspects of laser spectroscopy with particular attention paid to assistance in developing and performing experiments and assisting with instrument development. 
  • Support multiple research projects: delivering agreed objectives with the appropriate academic member of staff, updating them on progress as required. 
  • Evaluate new methods, techniques and results reported in the literature; share learning with researchers in the section and act as a resource for them.
  • Act as a point of contact for all equipment in the area and to have a joint responsibility for the health and safety within the laboratory providing guidance, training and theoretical/technical support to students, staff and external stakeholders.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • Degree or equivalent in appropriate science discipline or appropriate experience and a higher professional qualification such as R/CSci/R/CEng or willingness to work towards these
  • In depth and current theoretical and practical knowledge of laser spectroscopy
  • Broad understanding and in depth knowledge of physical chemistry and the relevant safety legislation and regulations including working with lasers and high vacuum systems
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex data and to design and deliver training on laser spectroscopy            
  • Competent in statistical and mathematical methods for analysis and able to provide  scientific data in written format for publications
  • Experience of working an knowledge of the management of physical chemistry laboratories including use and maintenance of lasers, ultrafast lasers and related experiments
  • Ability to apply knowledge to improve service support and work on own initiative with good interpersonal and communication skills

Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged and may be directed to Professor Neil Hunt (

Interviews will take place on 26 April 2019.

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.

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.

Athena Swan Gold 

 A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatYork



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Why York?

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With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.