Vacancies


Posted: 21/06/17

Postdoctoral Chemistry Research Associate in the GMP Synthesis and Discovery of Optical Imaging Agents

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Job Title:  Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vacancy No.:  040151
Location:  Edinburgh, UK
School/Support Department:  School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
Line Managers:  Professor Mark Bradley and Professor Kev Dhaliwal
Fixed Term:  3 years from 1st September 2017
Salary:  Grade UE07; £32,004 to £38,183 p/a, at 35 hours p/w
Closing date for applications:  11th July 2017

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We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic chemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate to join an accelerator portfolio of drug and diagnostic discovery. This post is powered by CARB-X, a major international initiative to tackle antibiotic resistance co-funded by the US Government and Wellcome Trust. The CARB-X award will be run under the auspices of EPSRC IRC Proteus and will involve the discovery, further validation and development of novel bacterial optical imaging agents in preparation for clinical use in the ICU. These agents will be used with fibre-based imaging systems to immediately visualise bacteria and the host response in the deepest parts of the human lung, to enable precision in diagnosing and prescribing.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in chemistry and must have relevant experience in organic synthesis, purification and characterisation and optical spectroscopies. Training in the various areas of the project will be provided for a suitably enthusiastic candidate.

Candidates must have demonstrated communication skills, a desire to lead, teach and build teamwork in the laboratory, and be able to work independently.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Mark Bradley (Mark.Bradley@ed.ac.uk) or Professor Kev Dhaliwal (Kev.Dhaliwal@ed.ac.uk).

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Essential Criteria:

Expertise/Competence/Skills

  • A PhD in organic synthetic chemistry
  •  Excellent practical skills, particularly in synthesis and purification of organic molecules.
  • Experience in characterisation techniques (including multinuclear NMR, mass spectrometry and UV-Vis spectroscopy)
  • Proven commitment to carrying out research to the highest standards of excellence
  • Demonstrable computer skills (database searching, synthetic design, presentation packages)
  • Excellent written skills, with experience in preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent communication skills – prepared to represent the collaborative team and mentor junior colleagues.
  • Desire to learn new skills
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and collaboratively and meet deliverables
  • Ability to plan and initiate activities and projects and develop self and others
  • Proven commitment and ability to keep abreast of contemporary developments in both chemistry and biology
  • Knowledge of GMP (training can be provided but some awareness of the GMP environment is essential)

Desirable Criteria:

Expertise/Competence/Skills

  • Hands-on experience of equipment maintenance, including vacuum pumps.
  • GMP or QA experience
  • Experience of fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team

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