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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Novel antibiotics for Cystic Fibrosis (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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 in a multidisciplinary project funded by the Fondation Botnar, to develop novel antibiotics using fragment-based approaches that target cystic fibrosis. The project will focus on developing inhibitors of a key enzyme. It is a collaboration between the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Professor Andres Floto), the Departments of Chemistry (Professor Chris Abell) and Biochemistry (Professor Sir Tom Blundell) and the Wellcome Trust Sangar 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, 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.

Earliest possible start date 4 September 2017.

This is a modified re-advertisement of a PDRA position in the Abell research group in the Department of Chemistry. Previous applicants need not apply.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button 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. 

For queries regarding this post, please contact Dr Katherine Abell (e-mail:

Please quote reference MA12941 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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