Research Associate - Medicinal Chemistry; Medicine Discovery Institute

Cardiff University

The newly-established Medicines Discovery Institute represents a major investment in translational science by Cardiff University. The goal of the Institute is to translate world-leading research on scientific understanding of disease mechanisms into innovative therapeutic approaches. Our vision is to play a leading role in discovering new medicines in areas of high unmet need, with a particular emphasis on, but not exclusive to, neuroscience and mental health. We are creating a vibrant community of researchers across both academic and biotech sectors engaged in major research programmes which build off the unique strengths of Cardiff University and work collaboratively with other universities and companies across Wales and internationally. Building off investment from both the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru scheme and Cardiff University, we will recruit a number of key academic, research and operational roles to work alongside the current and future grant & industry funded staff.

In addition to these posts, we currently have a number of live drug discovery projects running at Cardiff University, funded principally by the Wellcome Trust and the MRC. In support of our on-going research project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, to identify GABAA receptor subtype-selective modulators for the treatment of cognitive impairment associated with Huntington’s disease, we are looking to recruit three additional medicinal chemists.

These three medicinal chemistry positions will be based at Cardiff University and will be part of a multi-disciplinary drug discovery team collaborating with scientists at Dundee University, University of Sussex and multiple contract research organisations. We are looking for individuals with a strong passion for synthetic organic chemistry, with experience of medicinal chemistry and drug design in an academic or commercial environment.

This post is full-time and fixed-term for 18 months.

Date advert posted: Friday, 17 November 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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