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Research Associate in atmospheric aerosol chemistry

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Full-time (flexibility available)
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Fixed term
32817 - 40322 a year
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Research Associate in atmospheric aerosol chemistry

The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Research Associate to investigate detailed organic speciation of particles emitted from a range of indoor and outdoor sources to investigate the link between composition and toxicity. This position will involve the use of multiple chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to carry out targeted and untargeted analysis of particles and semi-volatile gaseous species. The post is available from 1st September 2021 for a period of 36 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, 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 Professor Jacqui Hamilton to collect and analyse semi-volatile gases and particle samples from a range of exposure sources and create chemical fingerprints of their composition. The results from this project will be used to study the effects of exposure to particles on human health, with a particular focus on the brain. This position includes the development of an existing aerosol flow reactor to be used as a mobile particle source for exposure studies. You will work with a multidisciplinary team and will carry out short deployments in world leading laboratories specialising in exposure and toxicology.


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 atmospheric chemistry and a range of measurement techniques and methodologies used for detailed measurements of organic compounds in the atmosphere
    • Experience using high resolution analytical methods for analysis of the composition of atmospheric mixtures.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write-up research work for publications and present to conferences
  • Ability and experience to develop research objectives and carry out individual and collaborative projects, planning and prioritising own work to meet deadlines
  • Well-developed analytical skills, attention to detail and commitment to high-quality measurements using multiple techniques.
  • Highly motivated and professional work ethic, with commitment to high quality research, a collaborative ethos and willingness to proactively support colleagues and students
  • Ability to work closely with others within a team environment and work independently using own initiative


Interview date: 6 September 2021

For informal enquiries: contact Prof Jacqui Hamilton email:

“The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds. #EqualityatYork”.

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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