Research Associate in Organic Synthesis

Imperial College London - Department of Chemistry

Appointment for 1 year with possibility of extension

Applications are invited to work with Professor Anthony Barrett in the Department of Chemistry on the development and application of synthetic approaches to a range of naturally occurring molecules, with the target for further biological evaluation. Based on recently developed synthetic methodology in the group, these new reactions to access such molecules are of great importance to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The applicant must have experience in multi-step organic synthesis, heterocyclic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and the optimisation of structure activity relationships.

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in synthetic organic chemistry.

Experience in both synthetic organic chemistry and target dependent infectious disease and cancer medicinal chemistry with particular expertise in the synthesis and assay of inhibitors of kinases and small peptide modification reactions is essential. Experience in spectroscopic and other organic compound characterisation methods, handling air-sensitive reagents and supervising students in research laboratories is also required.

Experience of biology-driven medicinal chemistry, and of conducting reactions using techniques for the handling of air and moisture sensitive reagents would be an advantage.

You must have practical experience within a research environment, together with experience in supervising students in research laboratories and have a record of publication in relevant and peer reviewed journals. You will also have an ability to direct a work of a small research team, creative approach to problem-solving, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Any candidate who has not been yet been awarded their PhD, will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 - £33,370 per annum.

For further details please e-mail Professor Barrett (

Our preferred method of application is online via our website (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS 2016 236 LP into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and list of publications.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Mr John Murrell, Section Administrator, on 020 7594 2845 or email: to request an application form.

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