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Research Associate in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in the group of Professor Andrew Weller for a period of up to 22 months focussing on organometallic chemistry and catalysis, and in particular the dehydropolymerisation of amine boranes to produce new main–group polymers. The post is full time (with flexibility if required) and is available from 1st January 2020.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK 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.



  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research.
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.
  • To write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities.
  • To assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise.


The project will focus upon the development of new organometallic catalyst systems (especially later 3d metals) for the dehydropolymerisation of amine–boranes to from novel polymeric materials: polyaminoboranes. There will be an emphasis on the materials characterisation of any new polymeric materials formed and the elucidation of the mechanism of dehydropolymerisation. The project will blend challenging synthetic work, detailed mechanistic studies and materials characterisation. Applications are welcomed from candidates who are looking to both address fundamental questions and also problem–solve in a more applied setting to deliver new catalytic systems of real utility.

Find out more about the Weller research group at

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • An undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry, or have submitted your thesis prior to taking up your appointment.
  • Expertise in air sensitive organometallic chemistry (especially that of the later 3d metals), multi nuclear NMR spectroscopy and ligand synthesis, and experience of single–crystal X-ray diffraction (desirable)
  • Ability to demonstrate competence and success in the thesis research area (and postdoctoral work if appropriate
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • 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 research, a collaborative ethos and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students.
  • Ability to work closely with others within a team environment and to work independently using own initiative.

 Interview date: 20 November 2019

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Andrew Weller on


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