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Research Associate – Radiochemisty

Department of Surgery & Cancer

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 03rd Feb 2021
  • Salary: £40,858 - £48,340
  • REF: MED02217
  • Closes: 25th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to develop novel radiotracers for human PET application. The project is funded by the NIHR Imperial College Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) award and addresses the challenge of design and synthesis of radiotracers as biomarkers for clinical trials.

Duties and responsibilities

You will i) design small molecule, peptide and macromolecule radiotracers for labelling, ii) develop synthetic routes, automation, formulation and analysis of such vectors for human application, and iii) support clinical translation and manufacture. Alongside this you will assist in writing academic publications for conferences and refereed journals, as well as plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims. You will work under the direction of Professor Eric Aboagye.

Essential requirements

You must demonstrate how you meet the criteria as outlined in the person specification but in particular, must have a PhD or equivalent qualification. Additionally, you should have experience of radiochemistry, medicinal / synthetic organic chemistry, molecular probe discovery and development, metabolism and physiochemical property testing and analytical methods (NMR, MS, HPLC). It is also essential that you have attained experience of radiochemistry chasers, design and synthesis of small molecules, peptides or antibodies and in solution and solid phase synthetic chemistry methodologies. Proven ability in the use of analytical techniques such as NMR, Mass Spec and HPLC is desirable.

Further information

This position is full time and available for a fixed term until 31 March 2022. You will be based at the Hammersmith Hospital Campus of Imperial College London, East Acton.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 – £39,183 per annum.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Eric Aboagye eric.aboagye@imperial.ac.uk .

Further information in relation to the research interests and activities of Professor Aboagye and his group can be located: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/eric.aboagye .

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published.For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research /

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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