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Research Fellow in Carbohydrate Synthesis

Queen's University Belfast

The School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (CCE) at Queen’s University Belfast is seeking a Research Fellow in Carbohydrate Synthesis to work in the group of Dr Stephen Cochrane.

This post is funded by the EPSRC as part of a collaborative project entitled - “Interrogating the nisin:lipid interaction: a chemical biology approach”.

This collaborative chemical biology project aims to understand how key parts of the nisin and lipid II structures interact with each other and influence pore assembly and formation, and is in collaboration with the groups of Professor Alethea Tabor, Professor Stefan Howorka and Professor John Ward at UCL.

You will work on the total synthesis of novel lipid II analogues, which involves the synthesis of protected carbohydrate building blocks and solid-phase synthesis of peptide fragments.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a unique environment, translating fundamental research discoveries into real solutions for global challenges.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Have a degree in Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry (Minimum standard 2:1).
  • Have or about to obtain a PhD in Organic Chemistry.
  • At least 3 years research experience which includes:
    - Experience in synthetic organic chemistry.
    - Experience in the synthesis of carbohydrates.
    - Designing synthetic routes and performing multi-step chemical syntheses.
  • Demonstrable ability to apply core analytical techniques (1D/2D NMR, MS).
  • Strong publication record commensurate with stage of career.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all. However, our Fair Employment Equality Monitoring data tells us that individuals from the Protestant faith are currently under-represented. As such, we particularly welcome applications for this role from individuals who identify with these backgrounds and / or communities.

As you may be aware, Queen’s is recognised as one of the most diverse organisations in Northern Ireland. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is a safe, welcoming and inclusive place to work, which is why we subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Diversity Charter Mark NI and Athena SWAN.

It is also why we have established award winning Staff Networks such as PRISM and iRise. These networks provide an opportunity for staff to meet in a friendly, informal way to support each other.

More details on all our networks can be found at: 

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Location: Belfast
Salary: £34,304 to £36,382
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th November 2021
Closes: 5th December 2021
Job Ref: 21/109321
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