Research Associate in Chemistry

University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 28 February 2022 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the groups of Professor Matthew Gaunt and Dr Lucy Colwell at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project entitled Next generation drug discovery enabled by digital molecular technologies: Machine learning enabled high throughput synthesis to repurpose drugs and failed clinical candidates. The roles will involve the design and application of standardized high throughput synthetic methods to identify ways to affect late-stage functionalization in pharmaceutically-relevant small molecules. The data accrued from the high throughput synthesis will be combined with computational studies towards the development of machine learning methods to predict how to successfully perform transformations on these small molecules.

The successful candidate will be expected to perform state-of-the-art synthetic chemistry using high throughput experimental and analytical platforms and/or be fluent in the application of computational design and machine learning to large datasets.

The successful candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry and/or computational chemistry. They will be highly motivated and able to work as part of a collaborative team. Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills are required to ensure success in liaising with a large and diverse research team. Previous experience with state-of-the-art synthetic chemistry, high throughput experimentation, and/or computational chemistry is desirable.

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