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Technician: Research Support (Synthetic Chemistry)

Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status
21,814 - 25,217 a year (pending uplift to 23,067 - 25,941 from 1 August 2021)
Interview Date
w/c 23 August 2021
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Role Description


An opportunity has arisen in the Department of Chemistry to provide technical and specialist support to research groups within the Organic Chemistry section.  The post holder will be expected to work under the direction of academics and senior technical staff to ensure safe and efficient running of several research laboratories.

Knowledge of general laboratory procedures, technical cover in the areas of IT and instrumentation management, experience of practical synthetic organic chemistry, and of working in a scientific environment are essential for the post, although specific training will be provided.

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.

As a signatory of the Science Council’s Technician Commitment, The University of York strongly supports technical career development, and part of this programme is the drive to recruit new talent into the technical profession in higher education.


This role will be to provide technical and scientific support to a number of chemistry laboratories, assisting with and taking day-to-day responsibility for the organisation, housekeeping and operational management of the laboratories, equipment and instrumentation and providing practical synthetic and analytical support to research projects.  This will require the candidate to work collaboratively with the technical team, academics, and research staff to provide general and flexible support; particularly in the area of synthetic organic chemistry.  Knowledge of laboratory operations, health and safety processes, and synthetic organic and analytical chemistry techniques are essential to the role.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • 2 Science A Levels at grade C or above, including Chemistry and at least one other STEM subject, HNC  or equivalent experience
  • Relevant theoretical knowledge of the fundamentals of synthetic organic chemistry
  • Ability to perform practical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail for example organic chemistry based on established procedures.
  • Ability to operate standard equipment and laboratory instrumentation
  • Dependable, reliable and self-motivated

For informal enquiries: please contact Graeme McAllister (

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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