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Scientific Officer - Analytical Chemist

The Institute of Cancer Research - Cancer Therapeutics: Medicinal Chemistry 4 (Structural Chemistry)

Location: Sutton
Salary: From £26,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2021
Closes: 7th November 2021

Length of Contract: 2 years from start

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research organisations, 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, and discovered many of the early chemotherapy drugs. 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

A position in the Cancer Therapeutics Unit, within the Division of Cancer Therapeutics is available for an analytical chemist (Scientific Officer). As part of a highly productive analytical facility at a world class cancer research institute, the role is to provide expertise in the fields of structural characterisation and physicochemical properties assay of potential new anticancer drugs.

The post holder will work on drug discovery projects where they will support and collaborate with medicinal chemists and biologists by providing scientific expertise and maintaining the Structural Chemistry Facility. Training of users and supervision of mission critical analytical equipment is a key element of the role as is support in the interpretation of results obtained using a variety of spectroscopic techniques. The successful candidate will also support drug discovery programmes by developing methodology to address specific investigations.

Applicants must possess an accredited first degree in chemistry or biological sciences with a strong analytical element. First-hand experience of liquid chromatography and knowledge of mass spectrometry & NMR theory is essential.

Appointment will be on a fixed term contract for 2 years. The starting salary will be £26,000. Future progression is based on annual performance review.

To apply please submit the online application 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 informal enquiries please contact Amin Mirza at

We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within the ICR and nationwide in STEM roles.

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