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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Furafact project

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date
9th July 2021
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Role Description


Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence has a fixed term Post-Doctoral Research Associate position available for up to 7 months to support the Innovate UK (IUK) Furafact project. The aim of Furafact is to investigate the potential for synthesis of new bio-based furan surfactants and to compare their performance against current commercially used equivalents. The post is full-time (with flexibility) and will be available from 2nd August 2021.

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.


The post holder will conduct individual and collaborative research under the supervision of senior colleagues, working closely with other members of the Green Chemistry group and project partners.

Where appropriate you will:

  • Assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and research proposals
  • 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

Specific duties include:

  • Conducting research into green chemical technologies focussing on  the synthesis of novel bio-based furan surfactants to gram scale
  • Preparing samples and interpreting data using appropriate analytical techniques
  • Interacting directly with the Furafact consortium, preparing research reports and overcoming research challenges

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and PhD in Chemistry
  • Experience/knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry (including design and characterisation of new compounds) and Green Chemistry to engage in high quality research
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies including modern analytical techniques
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write-up research work for publications and to present to conferences
  • Ability, experience and competency to develop research objectives and carry out individual and collaborative projects, planning and prioritising own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to perform practical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • 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: 9th July 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Thomas Farmer (

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