Research Associate in Chemistry

University of York

Research Associate in Chemistry

35,308 - 43,155 per year
Grade 6
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Fixed term
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Applications are invited for a Research Associate for up to 12 months (ideally to start from 01/10/2023) to work within Professor Caroline Dessent's group during her tenure as Head of Department. The successful applicant will provide day-to-day support to Professor Dessent's research group, undertake some undergraduate teaching and carry out a research project in an area to be negotiated. 

The group works with laser-interfaced mass spectrometry in a range of areas including: photochemistry and photophysics of biological molecules and complexes: analytical method development for identification of small molecules: characterisation of photopharmaceuticals: organic sunscreen photochemistry: environmental degradation of emerging contaminants. There will be an opportunity for exceptional candidates to develop some of their own research ideas and interests, and candidates will be fully supported to develop their independent scientific career.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the UK's leading Chemistry departments and we are renowned internationally for our research. This is combined with a commitment to teaching and outstanding student satisfaction, and we have been recognised consistently for our family-friendly policies and are proud of our Athena Swan Gold Award.


Working under the supervision of Professor Caroline Dessent you will conduct individual and collaborative research projects and will provide support to other members of Professor Dessent's group as required and undertake some undergraduate teaching, including supervision of research projects 

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

  • maintain the group's web pages undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project

  • develop and initiate collaborative working internally and externally 

  • provide guidance to other staff and students as well as coordinating the work of small research teams

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A first degree in Chemistry or a related area

  • PhD in Physical or Analytical Chemistry or equivalent experience

  • Knowledge and experience of laser spectroscopy, to engage in high quality research

  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies

  • Experience of working with laser spectroscopy

  • Highly developed communication skills including competency to make presentations

  • Ability and experience in writing up research work for publication

  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals 

  • Highly motivated, collaborative and professional work ethic, committed to high quality research, and a willingness to proactively support and train others

  • Ability and experience in working closely within a team environment and independently using own initiative

  • Personal commitment to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 

Interview date: to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Caroline Dessent on

The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

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

Athena Gold 2017