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Research Associate Synthetic and Medicinal Chemist (Fixed Term)

The ALBORADA Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) is seeking talented chemists to expand its medicinal chemistry team.

The Cambridge DDI is part of a network of world-class Drug Discovery Institutes funded by Alzheimer's Research UK and prosecutes drug discovery projects from target to in vivo proof of concept and beyond for novel targets in the neurodegeneration therapeutic area. This is an exciting opportunity to join this institute based on the prestigious Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

The successful applicant(s) will have a PhD in a relevant specialist subject or have equivalent qualifications or experience. They will have a flair for problem solving and a track record of delivering solutions to challenging chemical problems.

Moreover, they will have excellent communication skills and a willingness to work as part of a team in order to drive forward collaborative projects.

We welcome applications from candidates with purely synthetic chemistry experience or from a biological or medicinal chemistry background. The successful candidate(s) will work in a stimulating and collaborative environment with opportunities for training and development.

Specific enquiries about the post may be addressed to Steve Andrews (

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

However, significant industry experience would be considered as an alternative to a PhD.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2025 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SA32309 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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