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Technical Specialist in NMR

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The University of York’s Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CHyM) wishes to recruit a technical specialist to apply NMR methods based on parahydrogen to the analysis of model pharmaceutical systems, at both high and low field, in order to improve the quality of resulting information. The post is available as soon as possible for a period of upto 24 months.

CHyM is a joint research centre created by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Psychology focussing on the development and application of hyperpolarisation techniques in NMR and MRI to solve fundamental sensitivity issues.

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


NMR is a powerful tool for the characterisation of molecules and vaccines. Unfortunately, low sensitivity means NMR requires relatively high analyte concentrations for rapid characterisation. In this industrially sponsored project, you will: 
• lead on the collection of data on pharmaceutical samples in hyperpolarised NMR and their analysis and interpretation 
• engage with industrial sponsors and produce reports and present information at appropriate meetings 
• design and construct scientific experiments and equipment using specialist NMR knowledge and skills, liaising with others to ensure repair and maintenance of the equipment itself and the space occupied by the NMR instruments 
• collaborate and work alongside colleagues to plan, organise, control and implement activities so that NMR characterisation is delivered efficiently and to a high standard 
• establish and maintain a safe and compliant working environment in relation to NMR, understanding COSHH, risk assessments and health and safety protocols 
• manage a budget 
• provide inductions, training and demonstrations of NMR techniques 
• maintain up to date knowledge of the field actively demonstrating a commitment to professional development

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed 

• Degree in chemistry / physical science or significant experience, RSci/REng or equivalent professional qualification 
• Knowledge and experience of high-level NMR characterisation skills and understanding of NMR use as an analytical tool, the relevant safety legislation and the management of the technical work place for NMR analysis 
• Proven track record in the application of the technical skills associated with NMR data acquisition and in the operation and maintenance of NMR equipment and experience of applying knowledge to improve service of NMR 
• Ability and experience to work independently with initiative, using problem solving and analytical skills and to present complex ideas clearly 
• Excellent IT and analytical skills and ability to interpret complex data and experience to design and deliver training 
• Good interpersonal and communication skills, flexible attitude towards work, commitment to professional development 
• Able to demonstrate positive attitude towards others and a commitment to and understanding of Equality and Diversity Issues

Interview date: 7 January 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Simon Duckett (

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