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Research Associate (Fixed-term for 30 months)

Keele University - School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Location: Keele
Salary: £34,304 per annum, Grade 7 starting salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: KU00002097

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience.  With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research.  Further information can be found at

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a team of staff in Keele University’s Faculty of Natural Sciences.  The Faculty is responsible for the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

A postdoctoral research associate position is available within the group of Dr. Gavin J. Miller, to carry out research on a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project is a collaboration with Prof. Eoin M. Scanlan’s group at Trinity College, Dublin (funded in the RoI by Science Foundation Ireland). 

This innovative EPSRC-SFI project is in the area of carbohydrate chemical biology and the research will involve the design and chemical synthesis of a series of oligosaccharide targets, alongside the establishment of new, mild ligation technologies for their conjugation to fluorophores.

Applicants must have a PhD (or have submitted a thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in synthetic organic/carbohydrate chemistry. Experience with multi-step chemical synthesis routes is highly desirable.

Applicants will have excellent communication skills, ability to work independently, and have an organised approach to the management of their research.

The post is available for 30 months and the successful candidate will also be expected to participate collaboratively with the academic partner in the RoI, including research visits, joint-meetings. The role will also involve supervision of PhD students. 

To discuss further details of the post please contact Dr. Gavin J. Miller (

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and values equality and diversity across our workforce.  We strive to ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.  

The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

Please note this appointment is subject to medical clearance by the University’s Occupational Health provider.

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Closing date for applications: 31st October 2021

Post reference: KU00002097

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