Research Associate/Fellow in Chemistry

University of Nottingham Department of Chemistry

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 20th January 2022
Job Type
£27924 to £36382 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD).

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow to the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, to work under the direction of Professor Chris Hayes.  The project will develop novel natural product-derived antiviral molecules to treat viral diseases such as SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) and influenza A (Seasonal flu).  This timely and exciting project is a collaboration between researchers based in the Schools of Chemistry, Veterinary Medicine & Science and Pharmacy at University of Nottingham.

Candidates should have experience of multi-step synthetic organic chemistry and (preferably) its application to the synthesis of biologically active molecules and/or natural products.

The successful candidate will carry out the following duties:

  • Undertake the design and synthesis of a range of analogues of a natural product target as directed by Professor Chris Hayes.

  • Synthesise sufficient quantity of materials to provide samples for evaluation of their anti-viral properties by collaborators in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine & Science and Pharmacy.

  • Prepare high quality supporting data for publications resulting from the project.

  • Liaise with academic collaborators, contribute to the supervision of student projects and to the maintenance and smooth running of the research laboratory.

Successful candidates will:

  • Have a first degree in Chemistry (or closely related discipline)

  • Hold a PhD (or expect to complete their PhD by March 2022) in synthetic organic chemistry.

  • Be available to take up the post from the 1st March 2022 (although an earlier start date is possible).

  • Have a track record of productivity in synthetic organic chemistry.

  • Have excellent organisational, communication and team working skills.

The post is available from 1st March 2022 and is fixed term for 18 months. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hour). Job share arrangements may be considered.

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Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Chris Hayes, email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. Information about the School of Chemistry may be found at

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