Senior Research Associate: Drug Discovery Project Leader (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Associate to lead a Wellcome Trust-funded Seeding Drug Discovery project seeking to develop compounds that disrupt the Aurora A-TPX2 protein-protein interaction for the treatment of cancer. This is a collaborative project of which Professor Chris Abell (Chemistry) is the Principal Investigator working with Dr Marko Hyvonen and Professor Tom Blundell (Biochemistry), and Professor Ashok Venkitaraman (MRC Cancer Unit).

The Project Leader will coordinate activities across all three laboratories and will also play a leading role in writing further grant applications to develop the project.

Applicants should have a PhD in synthetic or medicinal chemistry or a relevant field of cancer biology. Several years of drug discovery experience, in either pharma, biotech or academia is essential, as is experience of project leadership. A part time appointment is possible.

The position is available from 01 August 2015 until 11 June 2016.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

How to apply: Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding this post, please contact Dr Katherine Abell (

Please quote reference MA06283 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 11 June 2016.

Deadline: 15.7.2015


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