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The Abell Group

Research Associate - Medicinal Chemistry - Development of antibacterials against targets from Mycobacterium abscessus (Fixed Term)

Location: Department of Chemistry
Salary: £32,236-£39,609
Reference: MA16985
Closing date: 11 November 2018
Further information: Further Information PDRA Abell.doc

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

Applications are invited from PhD and post-doctoral chemists to join a multidisciplinary project funded by the Fondation Botnar. The aim of this project is to develop novel antibiotics that target Mycobacterium abscessus. The project is a collaboration between the Departments of Chemistry (Professor Chris Abell, Dr Anthony Coyne), Biochemistry (Professor Sir Tom Blundell), Medicine (Professor Andres Floto) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Professor Julian Parkhill).

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 and biophysical chemistry is essential. Experience of antibacterial discovery would be advantageous. The successful applicant 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.

To apply online for this vacancy, please follow the 'Apply Online' link below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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. 

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Please quote reference MA16985 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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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.