Research Associate - Chemist/Chemical Biologist

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

The Balasubramanian group seeks to recruit a postdoctoral chemist to work on an ambitious new project aimed at the production of molecularly annotated 3D atlases of tumours, funded by a Cancer Research UK Grand Challenge Award. The post holder will be based at the Department of Chemistry and work in close contact with colleagues in the Imaging and Molecular Annotation of Xenografts (IMAXT) team at the CRUK Cambridge Institute (see

The successful applicant will play a key role in developing new technologies and chemical tools to produce bioconjugates of antibodies and small molecules and/or oligonucleotides and use them as probes to measure the genetic and proteomic landscape of cancer in situ. The post holder will also contribute to the development of new strategies to specifically crosslink nucleic acids from biological samples to various polymer matrices and hydrogels to enable improved imaging.

The successful applicant will have a strong background in organic chemistry and chemical biology, with an interest in bioconjugation, nucleic acid and peptide chemistry. Some experience or interest in molecular and cellular biology would be desirable. We seek a highly-motivated individual with excellent communication skills and who is able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The candidate should possess strong laboratory skills, show exceptional initiative and demonstrate a capacity for innovation and independent thought.

Candidates should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in a relevant discipline.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Jo Lockhart, PA to Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian ( or Nikki Coutts, PA to Professor Gregory Hannon (

Please quote reference MA13311 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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