Laboratory Research Scientist- Peptide Chemistry STP (Maternity Cover)

The Francis Crick Institute

Reports to: Peptide Chemistry STP Lead                            


This role is for Laboratory Research Scientist to provide maternity cover in the Peptide Chemistry Science Technology Platform at the Crick. The Peptide Chemistry STP provides peptides, peptide arrays and small molecules to Crick scientists.  Peptide Chemistry STP has five staff in total. This maternity cover role will report to the STP lead, Nicola O’Reilly.

Project Summary

The main purpose of the Laboratory Research Scientist (Maternity Cover ) role in the Peptide Chemistry STP  is to perform chemical synthesis (both using automated equipment and manually) and purification to generate peptides for experiments performed by scientists at the Crick.  You will work as part of a team, working with other team members to get the work done as effectively as possible. You will also be responsible for maintaining good records of your work and for keeping working areas clean, tidy and safe.

Key Responsibilities

These include but not limited to;

  • Synthesis of peptides using both automated peptide synthesisers and manual procedures.
  • Cleavage of peptides from resin supports.
  • Analysis of peptides by HPLC and mass spectrometry.
  • Purification of peptides by HPLC.
  • Weighing out amino acids for use on the peptide synthesisers.
  • Maintaining paper and computer records of work carried out.
  • To aid in maintenance of stocks, ordering of consumables, checking and unpacking of goods.
  • To aid in equipment maintenance and liaison with manufacturers’ service teams to ensure that all equipment is fully functional.
  • To aid in the optimisation of techniques currently available in the Peptide Synthesis STP.
  • To aid in chemical waste handling
  • General lab duties including keeping working area clean, tidy and safe

About Us

The Francis Crick Institute (the Crick) is a registered charity whose purpose is to conduct biomedical research into all aspects of human health and disease. Dedicated to research excellence, the institute will be a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation.

The Crick is located in a new, purpose-built research centre in central London (next to St Pancras International), housing some 1,250 researchers and 250 support staff.

Key Experience and Competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:

  • BSc degree or equivalent in chemistry is essential.
  • Previous experience of handling organic solvents and corrosive chemicals is essential.
  • Candidates  need a proven ability to think practically and solve problems.
  • Previous work experience in a laboratory would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of peptide chemistry and HPLC would be advantageous.
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to prioritise own workload.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and a willingness to learn.
  • Intermediate computer skills.

This is a full-time, fixed term 9/1/2017 – 9/3/2018 position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment.

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Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. 

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