Research Fellow in Chemical Biology

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £34,308 per annum
09 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Chemical Biology, Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £34,308 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 24 months
Closing Date:  Thursday 13 October 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1963822EB

This is a great opportunity if you have in chemical biology, biological chemistry, or bioorganic chemistry to work at the chemistry/biology interface. The post is funded by the prestigious Leverhulme Trust and aims to develop a highly specific tool for studying two component signalling systems in Staphylococcus aureus and to unravel interaction of complex signalling networks using the developed tool. The project is highly multidisciplinary involving multistep organic synthesis of the target unnatural amino acids, aptamer screening, molecular biology and microbiological experiments. A proven ability of organic synthesis is key to this project, and willingness, aptitude and experiences in aptamer screening will be beneficial. Excellent communication skills are required as the project involves international collaboration. 

It is essential yout hold a PhD in chemical biology, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, bioorganic chemistry or a related discipline, and have a strong background in organic synthesis with a good amount of experience in biological experiments including nucleic acids particularly aptamers, molecular biology, protein expression and purification.

This project is funded for 2 years.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Seung Lee (email: )

Completed applications should include (i) the application form; (ii) your curriculum vitae; (iii) at least two reference letters.

The Chemistry department holds an Athena Swan Silver Award demonstrating its commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities.

At the University of Southampton, we value diversity and equality.  The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance.  Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. 

*Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1963822EB on all correspondence.

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