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Research Fellow in Chemical Biology and Molecular Biology

Chemical Biology Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £28,982 to £30,738
Full Time Fixed Term for 3 years
Closing Date:   Sunday 20 December 2015
Interview Date:   Tuesday 02 February 2016
Reference:  652015EB

We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join the Tavassoli lab, to work as part of a multidisciplinary team funded by Cancer Research UK, that aim to identify, assess and develop compounds that selectively inhibit the protein-protein interaction between KRAS and its effector proteins. This work will be conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and Barts Cancer Institute. The project will initially involve using our genetically encoded high-throughput screening platform to identify cyclic peptide inhibitors of the above protein-protein interaction, followed by synthesis and biophysical analysis of the lead molecules. The most potent compounds will be assessed in cells and used as the starting point for the development of next generation inhibitors.

Candidates should have a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline, and a track record of academic and research excellence. Prior experience and expertise in standard molecular biology techniques, protein expression, and biophysical analysis of ligand/protein interactions is essential. Experience of peptide chemistry is desirable, but not essential. 

The post is funded for 36 months. For additional information please contact Professor Ali Tavassoli by email ( For more information on the Tavassoli lab, please see the group’s website

The University of Southampton is a leading UK university, ranked 8th in the UK in REF2014. The Chemistry department was ranked 6th in the UK for research intensity in REF2014.

Applications 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 completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application. The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Carol Read on +44 (0) 23 8059 3649. Please quote vacancy reference number 652015EB on all correspondence.

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