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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Chemist/chemical biologist (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a talented postdoctoral chemist to work with Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian on the chemical biology of nucleic acids, funded by Cancer Research UK. The successful applicant will play a key role in an interdisciplinary project to develop and apply chemical tools to probe the fundamental structure, function and biological mechanisms of four-stranded DNA G-quadruplexes and to investigate their relevance as potential targets for therapeutic intervention and/or markers of cancer. See for further information.

Applicants must have a background in organic chemistry and/or chemical biology, with strong interest in mechanisms associated with DNA function. Experience in biochemistry and in nucleic acid/protein interactions and transcriptional control would be highly desirable. We seek a highly-motivated individual with excellent communication skills and a capacity for innovation and creativity, who is able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Candidates should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a relevant discipline. The position is available immediately.

Previous applicants need not apply.

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Please ensure that you upload a 2-page Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter that explains your motivations for the position 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 Jo Lockhart, PA to Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, email: BalasubramanianRecruitment

Please quote reference MA16982 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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