Research Associate in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Job summary

The post is funded by the 'Collaborate to Innovate' scheme that is part of London Advanced Therapies and managed by MedCity. The funding will support a collaborative project between Sixfold Bioscience and Centre for Rapid Online Analysis of Reaction (ROAR). The Postdoctoral Research Associate will utilise the state-of-the-art equipment available at ROAR to synthesise novel organic molecules for attachment to Sixfold’s proprietary scaffold,...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00595
  • Date posted 13 November 2019
  • Closing date 27 November 2019

Job description

Job summary

The post is funded by the 'Collaborate to Innovate' scheme that is part of London Advanced Therapies and managed by MedCity. The funding will support a collaborative project between Sixfold Bioscience and Centre for Rapid Online Analysis of Reaction (ROAR).

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will utilise the state-of-the-art equipment available at ROAR to synthesise novel organic molecules for attachment to Sixfold’s proprietary scaffold, for the safe and effective delivery of therapeutics for Cell & Gene therapies. The work will involve the use of automated equipment for medium to high-throughput organic synthesis, purification and characterisation.

The Research Associate will be expected to produce regular updates of his/her research work to the project team, and to contribute to bids for external research funding.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Work with research teams at Sixfold and the Imperial to identify target molecules and implement suitable synthetic routes for their synthesis.

  • Ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.

  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.

  • Write reports for submission to sponsors and collaborators in a timely manner

  • Draft papers for publication and contribute to bids for research grants.

  • Prepare material for oral or poster presentations.

  • Contribute to the smooth running of the laboratories, including providing assistance to the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as required.

  • Comply with safety practices and to attend courses on safety when appropriate.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Synthetic Chemistry or a closely related discipline.

You must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:

  • Experience of developing synthetic routes, including the application of catalytic methodologies, experience of a range of analytical tools (LC/GC-MS, NMR, mass spectrometry, UV-vis, infrared spectroscopy) for reaction and structure analysis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
  • The ability to keep good laboratory records, organise your own work, and prioritise activities in response to deadlines.
  • Good knowledge of medium- or high-throughput synthesis. Further experience in flow chemistry would be advantageous

Further information

This position is fixed-term for 12 months.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 – £38,566 per annum

Should you require any further details on the role please contact Prof. Mimi Hii (mimi.hii@imperial.ac.uk) and Dr Benjamin Deadman (b.deadman@imperial.ac.uk).

If you experience any technical issues when applying online, please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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