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Research Fellow in Chemical Biology

Chemical Biology, Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £42,978
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/09/2024)
Closing Date:  Monday 16 October 2023
Reference:  2437523EB

We are seeking a Research Fellow with experience in organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, or bioorganic chemistry to work on an industry-funded project. The project aims to prepare potent antibacterial lead compounds that are delivered specifically into the bacterial cytoplasm. The project requires synthesis and scale-up of target molecules within the project period for preclinical studies afterwards. A proven ability of organic synthesis is a key to this project, and willingness, aptitude and experiences in performing synthesis in a product-oriented project will be beneficial. Excellent communication skills are required as the project shall involve international collaboration.  

Candidates must hold a PhD* in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology or a related discipline, and have a strong background in multistep synthesis.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Seung Lee (email: )

Completed applications should include (i) the application form; (ii) your curriculum vitae; (iii) at least two reference letters.

The Chemistry department holds an Athena Swan Silver Award demonstrating its commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality.  The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance.   Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.  Both the University of Southampton and Chemistry are proud to hold Athena Swan Silver Awards.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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