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Postdoctoral Training Fellow in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

The Institute of Cancer Research - Cancer Therapeutics: Medicinal Chemistry 3

Location: Sutton
Salary: £38,607 to £40,902 (£32,844 as a starting salary for pre-viva applicants) per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th September 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021

Length of Contract: 2 years in the first instance

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

Vacancy Description

We are seeking a chemist with a PhD in organic or medicinal chemistry to join our medicinal chemistry team as a postdoctoral training fellow. The successful applicant will apply their skills to the design, synthesis and optimisation of new anti-cancer therapeutics, working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Knowledge and expertise in synthetic chemistry are essential. Some familiarity with medicinal chemistry approaches would be an advantage however the successful applicant will have opportunities to develop their skills in this area whilst in post. This is an ideal opportunity for an enthusiastic, committed, synthetic organic chemist to make an important contribution to improved therapies for cancer patients, whilst gaining additional experience and training in drug discovery.

This role will be based in the Division of Cancer Therapeutics, in Sutton, in well-equipped chemistry laboratories, in the newly opened Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery.

This is a fixed-term appointment initially for 2 years, with the possibility for extension.

Starting salary is in the range of £38,607 (or £32,844 for pre-viva new starter*) to £40,902 per annum inclusive based on previous postdoctoral experience. 

*thesis submitted, awaiting PhD award

To apply please submit an application online on the ICR Careers site, attaching your CV with the supporting statement (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification, a brief description of your relevant experience and incl. the names and addresses of at least two referees).

For more details, please refer to the job description and person specification.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Gary Newton (

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