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  • Posted on: 28th Oct 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 to £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1879930
  • Closes: 30th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to work in the group of Dr Derek Macmillan in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. This EPSRC-funded position is available immediately and until 31st August 2022 in the first instance, working in the field of synthetic chemistry and chemical biology.

The post holder will build on preceding studies, to develop novel amino acids, enabling site-specific protein targeting and bioconjugation using orthogonal tRNA/RNA synthetase pairs. The project will further aim to explore new approaches to protein glycosylation and neoglycosylation.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or be about to be awarded a PhD) in Chemical Biology or a related area, and possess knowledge and experience in organic synthesis and protein/peptide chemistry.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary 32,217 to 33,958 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Please include a publication list along with CV.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to d.macmillan@ucl.ac.uk.

Any queries on the application process can be directed to hr.chem@ucl.ac.uk

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

Closing Date

30 Nov 2021

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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