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Research Associate - Organic and organometallic chemistry, enzyme catalysis (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to work with Dr Mateo Sanchez in a new and growing chemical biology research group that aims to create new chemistry using biology, and understand biology by developing new molecular tools through the application of chemical principles. The project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, will cover two different topics: (A) the discovery and development of new chemical reactions catalysed by artificial metalloenzymes; (B) the synthesis of substrates to detect different enzymatic activities, which will be later employed in novel evolutionary campaigns for the evolution of different enzymes.

The successful applicant will have a strong research background (PhD or equivalent) in organic chemistry with an emphasis on organometallic chemistry and chiral synthesis. Experience in enzymatic catalysis will be highly desirable and some expertise in chemical biology would be ideal. He/She will be expected to develop new ideas and concepts by combining her/his expertise with the core capabilities within the laboratory. The candidate is expected to work as part of a team, and to be able to communicate clearly. If you are interested in learning more about our philosophy and expectations, please visit (

Candidates will first be interviewed virtually, and short-listed applicants will be invited to visit the laboratory. Appointment will be for 4 years. The start date is negotiable but is expected to be late summer or autumn 2023.

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Applications should include a cover letter that highlights your research background, a full CV including your publication list, and finally, the names and contact details of two references. Please send applications or any inquiries about the position to

Please quote reference MA36915 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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