Research Associate in the development and application of chemical profiling methods in environmental samples

University of Bath

Bath, UK 🇬🇧

Job title: Research Associate (Full Time, Fixed Term)

Department: Chemistry

Salary: Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155

Grade: Grade 7

SOC Code – Visa Requirements: 2119

This role is sponsorable

Placed on: Tuesday 13 December 2022

Closing date: Tuesday 10 January 2023

Interview date: To be confirmed

Reference: FM10123

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the development and application of chemical profiling methods in environmental samples.

You’ll be utilising state-of-the-art hyphenated chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques within a NERC funded project entitled: ‘Pathways of Chemicals into Freshwaters and their Ecological Impacts (PACIFIC).’ This position will be based in the Environmental Chemistry and Public Health Research Group at the University of Bath.

This role is available from January for a fixed period of 3 years. 

About you:

The successful candidate will have, or expect to have very shortly, a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, or a related discipline and experience in mass spectrometry techniques applied to the analysis of small organic molecules.

For informal enquiries contact: Prof. Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern (

About the project:

The overall project, led by The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in collaboration with the University of Bath, the University of Oxford and the Environment Agency, focusses on understanding links between sources of anthropogenic chemicals and their pathways, fate and ecological impacts in freshwater ecosystems, with an emphasis on freshwater microbes and the functions they perform. 

Experimental exposures of increasing complexity and realism, from lab to field, will be used to identify chemical groups (and their structural features) that modify microbial communities, as well as determine microbial response endpoints and ecological exposure thresholds. Spatially and temporally up-scaled models of diffuse and point source chemical pollution pathways will be combined with these novel thresholds to determine chemical threats to freshwater microbes (and the food-webs they support) across catchments, supporting the development of tools for the better management of the risks of chemical pollution to freshwater ecosystem health. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Further details:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development