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Research Officer in Pandemic Antiviral Project

Swansea University - Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Swansea
Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: SU00169

Location: Singleton Campus, Swansea

Closing Date: 10 March 2024

Interview Date: 14 March 2024

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. The University community thrives on exploration and discovery and offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

Our stunning waterfront campuses and multicultural community make us a desirable workplace for colleagues from around the world. Our reward and benefits, and ways of working enable those who join us to have enriching careers, matched by an excellent work-life balance.

ABOUT THE ROLE

This is a fixed-term role for 33 months full time research officer position in ~ 2M€ project funded to an international team of researchers by Novo Nordisk Foundation. The project is focused on the development of precision glyco-oligomers and polymers as effective and affordable anti-influenza drug candidates.

We are looking for a Research Officer who will lead and undertake a range of project activities to support the development of anti influenza drug candidates. Activities will include the design, synthesis, and scale up of sugar derivatives, and their conjugations with polymers and oligomers to achieve the lead candidate. Compounds will be purified and characterized by a variety of organic and physical techniques such as 1D and 2D NMRs, MALDI, Mass, FT-IR, UV-Vis, GPC, and HPLC.  

The post holder will work closely with the project Principal Investigator at Swansea (Dr. Sumati Bhatia), as well as national and international collaborators in the consortium. The post holder will analyse data, daft patents, and prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications.

Applications are sought from individuals with skills and experience in the field of organic synthesis, and organic and physical characterization techniques. Profound experience with multistep glyco-synthesis and purification is highly desirable.  

The Research Officer will be based in the chemistry department at the Singleton campus.

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin), religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation.

We have an under-representation of women in the area of research and would particularly welcome applications from women for this position. We also have an under representation of individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds and would encourage applications from these groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

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