Postdoctoral Research Associate in Open Source Drug Discovery

Sydney, Australia
Oct 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 15, 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Chemistry 

  • Opportunity to be involved in open source drug discovery research, The University of Sydney.
  • Located at our CBD Campus, conducting research at the School of Chemistry.
  • Full-time, fixed term 12-month contract. Base salary: $74k-$101k p.a. (Level A) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity 

This role combines a unique opportunity to be a part of a team pioneering open source drug discovery and its application to citizen science, and science communication and education. This role will primarily involve synthesis of biologically active targets for the treatment of diseases with low market incentives (e.g. malaria, mycetoma and tuberculosis) and coordination of the Breaking Good Project – a distributed citizen science project where young people are involved in open source drug discovery research.

You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision both independently and as a member of a team. This unique role will require you to synthesise new drug candidates, to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students in the research laboratory, and to liaise with high school students and their mentors. Your leadership and administrative responsibilities will include helping to manage the lab and mentor students, plus additional, general administration and organisational leadership of the project. The successful candidate will have relevant experience in educational and/or science communication research methodologies in addition to experience with synthesis, isolation, purification and characterisation of new chemical compounds.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • PhD in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry or synthetic chemistry (or a closely-related discipline).
  • Proficiency in the use of: NMR, IR, and MS for characterising organic compounds.
  • Publishing of research as sole author or in collaboration.
  • Ability to supervise students at the undergraduate and graduate level, and capacity to extend this to supervising high school students.
  • Demonstrated ability to characterise the structures and physical properties of organic molecules, synthesise and purifying of organic molecules.

About us

The School of Chemistry is a very large research active school comprising over 30 full time academic staff and approximately 100 research staff, 100 research students and 34 technical, professional and administrative staff. We administer and deliver undergraduate teaching for approx. 2500 students.

The School uses services provided by the Faculty as support in safety, however roles described within this position focus on local chemical knowledge and associated documentation that require continual review and updating, with audits and inspections to ensure compliance.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1663/0819F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Friday 15 November 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.