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Research Associate in Free Radical Chemistry and Radical Detection

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date
10 November 2020
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Role Description


The role holder will work in the group of Dr Victor Chechik in Chemistry. The multidisciplinary project is funded by the European Commission and involves collaboration with a range of European partners in academia and industry. The main aim of the project is to develop chemically-modified electrical sensors for atmospherically-relevant free radicals. The key York contribution to the project is design and synthesis of radical sensor molecules, development of mechanistic understanding of their reactivity and selectivity in free radical reactions. The collaborative ideas developed by our team have a potential to revolutionise free radical detection.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York and we are 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 conduct individual and collaborative research under the supervision of Dr Victor Chechik to contribute to the development of new methods of free radical detection:
    • Design, synthesis and characterisation of free-radical sensor molecules, and preparation and characterisation of thin films of the synthesised sensor compounds
    • Development of mechanistic understanding of the reactions of new compounds with a range of free radicals using appropriate analytical techniques
    • Analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods;
  • To work effectively as a member of  consortium funded by the European Commission; to engage constructively in the collaborative effort to develop new radical sensors
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects
  • Write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and outreach activities
  • Provide guidance to other staff and students, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams
  • To assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and PhD in Chemistry
  • Knowledge of a range of organic synthesis techniques and methodologies including isolation and characterisation of organic compounds
  • Knowledge of free radical chemistry and experience of organic synthesis
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to write up research work for publication
  • Ability to develop research objectives , projects and proposals for own and joint research
  • Highly motivated, collaborative and professional work ethic, committed to high quality research, 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

This is a fixed term contract for up to 36 months.

Interview date: to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Victor Chechik (

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