Research Associate in Ultrafast 2D-Infrared Spectroscopy and Nanophotonics

University of York Department in Chemistry

United Kingdom

Research Associate in Ultrafast 2D-Infrared Spectroscopy and Nanophotonics                       

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 - 40,322 a year
Posted Date:03/07/2020
Apply by:03/08/2020
Job Reference:8559

Role Description


The role holder will work in the group of Prof Neil Hunt in Chemistry, in close collaboration with the group of Prof Thomas Krauss in Physics. The multidisciplinary project is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy tools that can measure the biomolecular composition of blood serum samples. The aim is to develop the 2D-IR spectroscopy and high throughput sample delivery methods needed to measure the serum concentrations of proteins, phospholipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids in around one minute per sample, leading to the first ever application of ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy to patient samples. A particularly exciting aspect of the project is the use of photonic nanostructures for enhancing the nonlinear interaction and increasing the sensitivity of the measurement.

You will play an important role within a multidisciplinary research team that consists of chemists and physicists at York in collaboration with the group of Dr Matthew Baker, a clinical spectroscopist at the University of Strathclyde.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York and we are renowned internationally for our research. 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.


  • To conduct research under the supervision of Prof Neil Hunt and Prof Thomas Krauss to contribute to the development of ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy methods for analysis of blood serum samples, including developing novel microfluidic sample delivery methods and photonic nanostructures
  • To work collaboratively as part of a two-site team including chemists and physicists at York and clinical spectroscopists at Strathclyde   
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and research proposals
  • Write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and outreach activities
  • Provide guidance to other staff and students, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams
  • To assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • First degree and PhD in Chemistry, Physics or related discipline
  • Knowledge of research techniques and methodologies related to optical spectroscopy and nanofabrication
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex data
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to write-up research work for publications and to present to conferences
  • Ability, experience and competency to develop research objectives and carry out individual and collaborative projects, planning and prioritising own work in order to meet deadlines
  • Ability to perform practical tasks to a consistently high standard with attention to detail and commitment to high quality
  • Highly motivated, collaborative and professional work ethic, committed to high quality research, 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: W/C 24/08/2020.

For informal enquiries: interested parties are strongly encouraged to contact Prof Neil Hunt ( or Prof Thomas Krauss (

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