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Research Associate in Experimental Atmospheric Science

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
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Role Description


The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Research Associate to conduct experimental studies of indoor air emissions in the laboratory focussing on organic emissions in the gas and particle phase using mass spectrometry and gas chromatography. This will be complemented by sample collection within a variety of homes to determine the main sources of organic pollutants. The post is available from 1st September 2021 for a period of 42 months.

WACL is the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facility in the UK, home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry. WACL supports an exceptional research environment, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, 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.


You will work with Dr Terry Dillon, Prof Jacqui Hamilton and Prof Ally Lewis, to carry out research, conducting experimental studies including building and testing a laboratory-based emission chamber and using this to characterise the composition of organics emitted from indoor sources in laboratory experiments. The post is based within WACL and will also include short deployments to collect samples from a variety of different homes to investigate indoor pollution sources.

Where appropriate you will:

  • conduct individual and collaborative research projects
  • assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of research proposals
  • provide guidance to other staff and students, as required, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams
  • write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities.
  • assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A first degree in chemistry, physics or environmental / natural science and a PhD in experimental atmospheric science or similar
  • Knowledge of a range of measurement techniques and methodologies used for measurements of organic compounds in the air
  • Experience using mass-spectrometry and/or gas chromatography
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write-up research work for publications and to present to conferences
  • Ability and experience to develop research objectives and carry out individual and collaborative projects, planning and prioritising own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Well-developed analytical skills, attention to detail and a commitment to high-quality measurements using multiple techniques.
  • Ability to work closely with others within a team environment and to work independently using own initiative

Interview date: 27 August 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Terry Dillon on or Prof Jacqui Hamilton on

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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