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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (CCIMC)

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
41,070 or 44,930 (Family allowance if applicable)
Interview Date
To be confirmed
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Role Description


The Department of Chemistry is part of an Innovative Training Network and European Joint Doctorate funded by the European Commission through the Marie Sklowdoska-Curie Action, entitled "Coordination Chemistry Inspires Molecular Catalysis" (CCIMC). This vacancy offers a 3 year, fully-funded double PhD award under the topic “Polar substrates asymmetric hydrogenation and associated processes: role of the base” (Ref ESR8) in collaboration with the Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry (Toulouse).  The CCIMC programme involves 15 joint theses. You are encouraged to consider all of these projects, which can be found on the ITN-EJD website

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York, renowned internationally for our research. As a department, we strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.  


To be eligible for this role on 1st October 2020 you must:

  • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years

The research project aims to develop a detailed understanding of metal-catalysed transfer hydrogenation reactions and to develop predictive tools for ligand design and optimisation in these systems. This will involve the synthesis of novel ligands, catalyst testing and mechanistic studies using advanced NMR spectroscopic and computational techniques.

Main duties:

  • To provide support to the research project, undertaking research work within the overall programme and assisting with the day to day operation of the project
  • To work closely with project supervisors to prepare work for dissemination, presenting preliminary findings at meetings within the research groups as appropriate.
  • To assist in writing articles, papers, reports or books as appropriate.
  • To participate in the dissemination of research findings internally and externally at seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • To undertake a programme of learning and development, in the form of a PhD , as an integral part of the role

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Master’s degree in Chemistry, plus a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (minimum 2:1 or equivalent grade)
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will need to meet or exceed the requirements for Chemistry PhD entry:
  • Broad knowledge and experience of Chemistry and of synthetic and analytical techniques and understanding of relevant health and safety practices
  • Ability to undertake academic research, organise own research activities to agreed deadlines and quality standards
  • Excellent IT and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide support to staff and students and work as part of a team and independently using own initiative
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for travel and studying overseas for long periods of time and in a variety of organisations
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for organometallic chemistry and catalysis

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Jason Lynam (, Dr John Slattery ( or Professor Simon Duckett (


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