Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry and Molecular Walkers

Research Associate in Supramolecular Chemistry and Molecular Walkers

University of York

York, United Kingdom


The post-holder will work on the development of molecular sprinters. The sprinters will be based on the reversible, associative reactions of the moving molecules with the organic functional groups on the underlying surface (self-assembled monolayers). The first challenge will thus include testing the selected chemical reactions for suitability for molecular sprinting, initially in bulk solutions. This part of the project will involve some (rudimentary) organic synthesis, and mechanistic investigations. The second objective will be to apply the chosen reactions to surface walkers, and develop methodologies for monitoring their movement. We plan to use fluorescence microscopy and atomic force microscopy for this purpose, including building specialised cells. The third objective will be to make the movement of molecular sprinters directional rather than random. This is the most exciting but also risky part of the project.

The research associate will provide guidance to other staff and students as required and may assist with undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate will join a welcoming, diverse and supportive team in the Chechik group. We value and support career-development opportunities throughout the project.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • First degree and PhD in Chemistry or related discipline.
  • Expert knowledge of research techniques and methodologies used in organic chemistry
  • Research interest in physical organic (mechanistic) chemistry
  • Knowledge of supramolecular chemistry research (e.g., molecular machines)
  • Ability to produce high quality publications, using high level analytical skills.
  • 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.

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