Research Associate/Fellow in Chemistry

University of Nottingham Department in Chemistry

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 20th May 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Synthetic Chemist/Chemical Biologist for a Postdoctoral Research Associate post funded by the EPSRC for a period of 9 months, working in the research group of Dr Nicholas Mitchell based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham (

The role involves the development of a novel approach to peptide and protein modification via visible-light-catalysed carbon-carbon bond formation. The project will focus on the installation of biologically relevant chemical modifications and non-proteinogenic functionality into peptides/proteins of interest. This chemistry will also be applied to peptide ‘stapling’ and macrocyclization.

Candidates should have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry, ideally with experience in peptide chemistry. Extensive experience in the characterisation of complex organic molecules is essential. Experience in one of the following areas would be desirable: i) protein bioconjugation; ii) photocatalysis; iii) recombinant protein expression. Candidates should have experience of preparing high quality supporting data for publications. Candidates should have (or be about to complete) a PhD in chemistry, have excellent organisational, communication and team working skills, and be comfortable supervising junior researchers. 

The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. 

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The post is offered on a full time, fixed term contract from 1 July 2021 with an end date of 31 March 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Nick Mitchell ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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