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The Abell Group

Research Associate - Fragment-based approaches to targeting enzymes from Mycobacterium abscessus (Fixed Term)

Location: Department of Chemistry
Salary: £32,236-£39,609
Reference: MA19545
Closing date: 18 July 2019
Further information: Further information

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2020 in the first instance.

Applications are invited from post-doctoral chemists to work with Professor Chris Abell and Dr Anthony Coyne in the Department of Chemistry. We are looking for a postdoctoral research associate to work on a multidisciplinary project funded by the Fondation Botnar to use fragment-based approaches to develop potent inhibitors that target enzymes from Mycobacterium abscessus. This is a collaborative project between Professor Andres Floto (Department of Medicine) and Professor Sir Tom Blundell (Department of Biochemistry). The successful candidate will contribute to the design and synthesis molecules that may be potent inhibitors of enzymes from Mycobacterium abscessus.

Applicants must have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry. They should have a proven track record exemplified by academic publications. Knowledge of medicinal, biological and biophysical chemistry with relevant post-doctoral experience would be advantageous. Applicants will be expected to work closely and interactively with colleagues in different disciplines, to have excellent communication skills and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

The position is available from August 2019 until the 31st August 2020.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries regarding this post, please contact Dr Katherine Abell (email:

Please quote reference MA19545 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


We are interested to hear from talented and enthusiastic post-doctoral scientists who have already secured fellowships/scholarships or wish to apply for funding from their home countries or other sources to work in the areas of our research interests.

Researchers within the fragment group cover a broad spectrum of techniques including biological, medicinal and synthetic chemistry, protein biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, and computational chemistry. In the microdroplets group, researchers may have experience across a broad spectrum of techniques including biological chemistry, nano fabrication, assay development and laser spectroscopy.

Here are some examples of the funding bodies in the UK and the EU:

Leverhulme Trust
Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Medical Research Council
Ramsey Memorial Fellowships Trust
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Society

We are no longer recruiting graduate students.