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Research Fellow in Chemical Biology

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in chemical biology in its broadest sense? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive universities?

As a Research Fellow in Chemical Biology you will join an EPSRC-funded team focused on developing, validating and then exploiting new tools for discovering inhibitors of Protein-protein interactions (PPIs). You will assist the Investigators in delivering this large research programme by focussing on the design and synthesis of small-molecule chemical probes for disease relevant PPIs, with considerable emphasis on targets in oncology.  

The Perturbation of Protein-Protein Interactions (PoPPI) project is a major £3.4 million five-year collaborative research programme led by Professor Andy Wilson, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and bringing together the University of Leeds, the University of Bristol, the Northern Institute of Cancer Research (Newcastle University) and drug discovery organisations, AstraZeneca and Domainex. This large and diverse programme focuses on developing, validating and exploiting new tools to discover inhibitors of PPI’s.

You will be part of a large team based in The Wilson Group, in the School of Chemistry and the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology with access to a superb infrastructure for research in chemical biology, including synthetic laboratories, NMR equipment, X-ray crystallographic, mass spectrometry and, biophysical techniques, together with state of the art online resources.

You will have a PhD (or have submitted your thesis prior to starting) in an area appropriate to the project, along with extensive knowledge of modern molecular biology and the ability to apply knowledge of a broad range of modern biophysical methods to study molecular recognition.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Andrew Wilson, Professor of Organic Chemistry 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1409 or email: 

Further information

The Schools in the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences are proud to have been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze or Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpage provides more information.


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Chemistry
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (9 months due to grant funding)
Release Date:  Friday 13 March 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 29 March 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSCH1018
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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