Lecturer in Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Chemistry
University of York Department of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Lecturer in Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Chemistry

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status:Open
Salary:40,322 - 49,553 a year
Interview Date:To be confirmed
Posted Date:12/03/2021
Apply by:11/04/2021
Job Reference:9225

Role Description


The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful departments at York, renowned internationally for our research.  One of our distinctive research themes is Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental (Paleoenvironmental) Chemistry, linking to research in the departments of Archaeology, Environment and Geography, and Biology. We are active partners in BioArCh, which acts as a focus for our multidisciplinary approach to scientific archaeology and we wish to develop our work in this area further. We therefore seek to appoint to a lectureship an individual with research interests in archaeological and palaeoenvironmental chemistry, understood as the use of analytical methods to provide information about the nature, provenance or diagenesis of anthropogenic or environmentally derived materials found in the archaeological, sedimentary or fossil record. 

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.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds, who are under-represented within the academic staff group in the Department of Chemistry. Flexibility is offered and the role can be undertaken part-time by agreement.


We welcome interest from talented academics with an impressive research profile and a collegiate approach to their work. Specific research areas could include palaeoenvironmental or palaeoclimate reconstruction, preservation of organic matter, biogeochemistry, archaeological chemistry, geochronology and biomolecular palaeontology.

Main activities include:

  • Developing research objectives, projects and funding proposals and managing individual or collaborative projects in archaeological and palaeoenvironmental chemistry, leading to the production of original outputs and to dissemination
  • Reaching out to collaborators, attending conferences, engaging in knowledge exchange and managing and guiding the work of staff and research students
  • Designing, developing and delivering innovative teaching and assessment activities across a wide range of modules; taking responsibility for the quality of provision, providing feedback and critically reviewing activities and identifying areas where revision or improvement is needed
  • Undertaking academic supervision of students and acting as a research supervisor
  • Undertaking effectively a range of departmental administrative and managerial responsibilities including the duties of a Programme Director and Module Co-ordinator, contributing to recruitment, supporting other staff and developing contacts

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • PhD in Chemistry or closely related subject and appropriate academic teaching qualification or willingness to complete this
  • Specialist knowledge of archaeological and/or palaeoenvironmental chemistry and a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Ability to develop research objectives, projects and proposals and contribute to high-quality research, with evidence of dissemination
  • Well-developed analytical, IT and communication skills with the ability to present at conferences
  • Knowledge, ability, experience and commitment to designing and delivering teaching and learning at undergraduate level chemistry to enthuse and engage students
  • Ability to supervise the work of others
  • Commitment to and Understanding of Equality and Diversity Issues
  • Demonstrable capacity for creative thinking and planning with attention to detail, a positive attitude and commitment to personal development

Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Head of Department, Professor Duncan Bruce (chem-hod@york.ac.uk;) or Professor Kirsty Penkman (kirsty.penkman@york.ac.uk)

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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