Research Associate in Chemical Biology

Imperial College London - Chemistry/Faculty of Natural Sciences

Salary: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum*

Fixed Term, for up to 12 months in the first instance.

Campus: South Kensington Campus/White City Campus

We are seeking an outstanding chemical biologist to lead and collaborate on ongoing drug target validation and discovery projects in the group of Professor Ed Tate. This position is available full time from May 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for up to 12 months in the first instance, with the potential for extension. The research will focus on determining the target(s) of drugs in cell culture models or in clinical samples, to accelerate clinical development of promising drug candidates, particularly in the areas of oncology and infectious diseases. Projects are supported by collaborations with the Tate satellite lab at the Francis Crick Institute, the CRUK Drug Discovery Centres, and industry. This role will involve a high degree of teamwork and multidisciplinary research.

We are open to considering candidates from a range of scientific backgrounds for this role. Essential criteria for the role are as follows:

  • A PhD in a molecular science (for example, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, medicinal chemistry, etc.), or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.
  • A strong research track record.
  • Capability and creativity in experimental design.
  • The ability to set and attain research objectives in a multidisciplinary team.
  • The ability to mentor and develop junior team members.

Experience in at least one of the following areas is also essential:

  • Multidisciplinary chemical biology
  • Proteomics and/or chemical proteomics
  • Molecular cell biology
  • Protein biochemistry

Experience of developing and/or applying technologies for drug target identification or validation is desirable.

You will join the world-leading Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, which from mid 2018 will occupy state-of-the art new research facilities on the College’s new White City Campus. This will allow significant expansion of our research activities, including in cell and molecular biology, and bring together Molecular Sciences research across the College and external partners to tackle global grand challenges. The Department of Chemistry proudly holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and strives to provide a working environment where all our staff feel fully supported to flourish and excel.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

Informal enquiries to:

Prof Ed Tate:

If you have any queries, please contact Laura Honey, Senior HR Administrator:  For technical queries during the application process, please contact

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Our preferred method of application is online via our website: (please select "Job Search" then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NAT00132 into "Keywords"). Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Closing date: 29 April 2018 (Midnight BST)

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