Research Associate – Medicinal & Synthetic Chemistry

UCL Institute of Neurology - Alzheimer’s Research UK - Drug Discovery Institute

The newly formed Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Institute (ARUK UCL DDI), located at University College London (UCL), is part of a network of world class Drug Discovery Institutes, with the goal of finding new treatments for neurodegenerative disease. As part of the Institute of Neurology it will be integrated into the world-renowned UCL Neuroscience community. Lead academic scientists supporting the activities of the ARUK UCL DDI are Institute of Neurology Professors Giampietro Schiavo, John Hardy and Bart de Strooper. The DDI will work closely with the UCL Department of Chemistry and drug discovery groups already established within the UCL campus.  

A medicinal and synthetic chemist is sought to join this exciting initiative. As part of the Chemistry group, you will play a key role in the design and synthesis of novel drug molecules. You will collaborate with scientists at UCL, and beyond, to validate novel therapeutic targets, and ensure their subsequent progress towards the development of candidate drugs.

Applicants must have a PhD in medicinal or synthetic chemistry, or be due to complete doctoral studies. Knowledge of theoretical and practical synthetic organic chemistry and of contemporary medicinal chemistry and drug design is essential. Knowledge of contemporary chemical biology approaches to target id, and experience of applying medicinal chemistry knowledge to drug discovery projects in academic, industry or biotech is desirable.

The post is funded by a grant from ARUK and is available immediately, but with a flexible start date, for the period to August 2020 in the first instance. Starting salary on the UCL Grade 7 scale in the range £34,056 - £41,163 per annum including London Allowance, superannuable.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment - - where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1610626.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email: For further information on the post, please contact Professor Paul Fish (email:

Closing date for applications: 6 January 2017.

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

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