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Research Associate in High Throughput 2D-Infrared Screening

University of York - Department of Chemistry

Location: York
Salary: £33,309 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: 9851

Applications are invited for a research associate to work in the group of Prof Neil Hunt (

The project is funded by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council Innovation Partnership Scheme and will develop high throughput screening methods based on ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy for applications in drug design and biomedical diagnostics. The project will involve a collaboration with our project partners the STFC Central Laser Facility (CLF) (, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, global biopharmaceutical company UCB Pharma ( and medical technology SME Dxcover Ltd (


The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is renowned internationally for its research. This research reputation stands alongside the Department’s distinctive and highly praised approach to teaching, and also to its sector-leading family friendly working policies. The department is one of the largest and most successful departments at York. 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.


The post-holder will be based in York and will focus upon the design and construction of high throughput liquid sample delivery methods needed to enable measurement of 2D-IR spectra of protein solutions and biofluids in around one minute per sample. The post-holder will work to implement these methods on laser systems at the STFC CLF and undertake testing and evaluation in collaboration with project partners.

You will conduct research under the supervision of Professor Neil Hunt, work collaboratively as part of a team including chemists at the University of York and partners based at a national laser facility and in companies in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors.  You will assist in identifying and developing potential areas of research and developing proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. You will provide guidance to other staff and students as required and assist with undergraduate teaching.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics or related discipline.
  • Expert knowledge of:
    • Research techniques and methodologies related to molecular spectroscopy.
    • Design and implementation of sample handling systems such as flow cells or microfluidics.
  • Ability to produce high quality publications, using high level analytical skills.
  • Ability to disseminate your work effectively through oral presentations at conferences or in other appropriate events.
  • Ability to be an effective team member and to forge meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Committed to personal development and keeping your knowledge and skills up to date.

Interview date: To be confirmed

Informal enquiries are encouraged and very welcome: please contact Professor Neil Hunt,, +44 1904 321295.

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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