Research Associate in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis

University of York Department of Chemistry

Research Associate in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:33,309-40,927 a year
Interview Date:Week commencing 7 February 2022
Posted Date:15/12/2021
Apply by:21/01/2022
Job Reference:10204

Role Description

Project and Department

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with Professor Andrew Weller for a period of up to 36 months. The project will focus upon using solid-state molecular organometallic techniques (SMOM) to isolate, characterise organometallic complexes of the lightest of alkanes (methane, ethane and propane) and develop single-crystal to single-crystal catalysis for light-alkane upgrading. The post is full time (with flexibility if required) and is available from 1st April 2022.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). 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.


  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects

The project will focus upon the development of new single-crystalline molecular organometallic systems (SMOM) to synthesise, characterise and then exploit in catalysis organometallic complexes of methane/ethane and propane. The overall project will blend challenging organometallic synthetic and catalytic studies, with solid-state NMR spectroscopy, single-crystal x-ray diffraction and advanced computational methods (the latter with another PDRA on the project based in the Macgregor group, Heriot-Watt, advertised separately). Applications are welcomed from candidates who are excited about, and can make significant contributions to, addressing fundamental questions in organometallic and catalytic chemistry, and problem-solving in a project that blends both organometallic synthesis (Weller) and advanced computational methods (Macgregor). While undoubtably challenging, the project builds upon ideas developed for the synthesis and characterisation of sigma-alkane complexes using SMOM techniques.

Find out more about the Weller research group at

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • An undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry, or have submitted your thesis prior to taking up your appointment.
  • Expertise in air sensitive organometallic chemistry (essential), a keen interest and experience in multi nuclear NMR spectroscopy (advanced training will be given, but a willingness to learn is key), and experience of single crystal x-ray diffraction (essential).
  • Ability to demonstrate competence and success in the thesis research area (and postdoctoral work if appropriate)
  • Experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media including publication in journals and delivery of presentations at conferences or exhibiting work at other events.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines, exhibiting self-initiative.
  • 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 across two research groups and to work independently using own initiative.

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Andrew Weller on

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