Research Associate

University of Bristol - School of Chemistry

Applicants are invited to apply for the role of Research Associate in the School of Chemistry to work in the group of Prof Chris Willis in the School of Chemistry in the area of fungal natural products, in collaboration with Dr Andy Bailey in Biological Sciences.

The post is part of a multidisciplinary team on the MRC-funded project “Exploring Nature’s Silent Pharmacy”, seeking to determine the full secondary metabolite potential of fungi as part of the search for new antibiotics. The main responsibilities of the Research Associate will be to grow cultures of microorganisms, analyse the metabolite profiles and isolate / elucidate the structures of the natural products using modern spectroscopic methods and to make a small library of derivatives of bioactive compounds. Working in collaboration with other members of the team, the biological activity of novel compounds will be assessed, protein isolation, structure elucidation and enzyme assays may also be undertaken to determine the biosynthetic pathway for each compound.

More information about the role can be found in the job description and further information on the Willis group can be found at:

Ideally the successful candidate to begin the post 1st February 2017.

Further details can be obtained by informal enquiry to Prof Chris Willis at, or Andy Bailey at

Interviews will be held before Christmas.

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