Research Associate in Organometallic Catalysis at University of York

Applications are invited for a research associate to work in the groups of Professors Jason Lynam (, Ian Fairlamb ( and Neil Hunt ( The work is funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and will focus on the development and study of transition metal-mediated reactions. The project will involve working as part of an interdisciplinary team focused on the applications of new synthetic, spectroscopic and automated methods to the study of transition metal-catalysed reactions.


The post-holder will be based in York and their work will focus upon the development of new metal-catalysed reactions and studying their mechanism by infra-red spectroscopy. The project will involve the synthesis of new metal catalysts and structurally diverse ligands, evaluating their activity in a range of bond-activation and -formation reactions and a comprehensive study of their mechanism covering 16 orders of magnitude in time.

You will join a large and vibrant research team covering chemical synthesis, mechanistic studies, new methods for automated analysis and time-resolved spectroscopy. You will be responsible for devising and implementing new catalyst systems. You will also assist in identifying and developing potential areas of research and developing proposals for independent or collaborative research projects. The project will involve working as part of an interdisciplinary team and periods of time at the ULTRA facility based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. You will provide guidance to other staff and students as required and assist with undergraduate teaching.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and very welcome: please contact Professor Jason Lynam,, 01904 322534.

Deadline: 12/07/2023

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