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Research Associate in Experimental Atmospheric Science

University of York - Chemistry

Location: York
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 a year.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th January 2020
Closes: 29th February 2020
Job Ref: 8405

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 chemistry as part of the EPSRC funded IMPeCCABLE project. The post is available from 1st April 2020 for a period of 24 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, Dr Marvin Shaw and the IMPeCCABLE project team to carry out research, conducting experimental studies of cooking and cleaning processes and study impacts on indoor air chemistry. Experiments will be initially lab-based in York but scale up to field studies in highly-instrumented test houses at University of Chester.

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 in chemical kinetics and atmospheric chemistry and a range of measurement techniques and data analysis methodologies to engage in high quality research.
  • 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 design and conduct complex experiments deploying multiple analytics.
  • 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 and to work independently using own initiative.

Interview date: 16 March 2020.

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Terry Dillon 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 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.

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