Research Associate/Fellow

University of Nottingham - Pharmacy

Location: University Park

Salary: £26,052 to £33,943 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral scientist to join a collaborative multidisciplinary team to work on a research project (CAMSEED) funded under the Wellcome Trust Seeding Drug Discovery Initiative. The project involves the discovery and development of inhibitors of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase-1δ (CaMK1D) through structure and fragment-based design, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacological testing. CaMK1D is an important new drug target for the development of a new generation of safe and effective drugs to treat triple-negative, basal-like breast cancer.

You will (a) carry out CaMK1D inhibitor compound design by structure-based medicinal chemistry using traditional SAR methods, as well as receptor- and fragment/ligand-focussed docking and alignment studies, (b) synthesise and characterise project compounds, and (c) interact and coordinate research activities with internal and external project collaborators.

Candidates must have a good first degree (or equivalent), a PhD submitted or awarded in medicinal chemistry or a closely related discipline, and a proven research track record. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, which are evident from written reports and publications, as well as presentations and discussions. In addition, candidates must be an effective team member. Previous experience in the fields of computational and synthetic medicinal chemistry are desirable. 

This full-time post is fixed-term for a period of 12 months.

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Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Peter Fischer, tel: 0115 8466242 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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