Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - Chemistry

University of York
August 25, 2024
Offerd Salary:£40,340 - £45,240
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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - Chemistry




£40,340 - £45,240 per year


Marie Curie

Contract status

Fixed term

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University of York campus

Interview date

To be confirmed

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  • 13455 Job Description.pdf (PDF, 304.48kb)
  • Role Description Department

    The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is one of the UK's leading Chemistry departments and we are renowned internationally for our research. This is combined with a commitment to teaching and outstanding student satisfaction, and we have been recognised consistently for our family- friendly policies and are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education. Further information can be found on our website.


    Better drugs are one of the most efficient and sustainable ways to improve healthcare, a key strategic orientation in Horizon Europe. New drug modalities such as macrocycles (MCs) are expected to be a key enabling technology for this strategic perspective. The goal of MC4DD is to train the next generation of European medicinal chemists in a multidisciplinary environment to promote European drug discovery competitiveness by advancing knowhow on MCs and long- term via the skills carried on by the researchers trained in the doctoral network.

    The recruited researcher will be based at University of York for three years, in the lab of Dr Will Unsworth, and it is anticipated the work carried out will lead to the award of a PhD degree. This studentship will be co-supervised by Prof Alethea Tabor (University College London). During the three years, the researcher will undertake two fully-funded research placements at network partners Abbvie (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and the University of Cambridge (in the lab of Prof David Spring) to broaden their academic experience and also benefit from working in an industrial setting. There will also be regular international network meetings giving the researcher the opportunity to learn from other network members, sharing expertise and developing collaborative projects. Training workshops provided by senior researchers in the network will help the researcher develop their skills in a range of areas – from materials synthesis and characterisation to science communication and commercialisation.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry
  • Ability to develop internal and external contacts in order to enhance knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaboration
  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies
  • Ability to undertake academic research. Examples may include preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of experiments or field work, the development of questionnaires and conducting surveys
  • Commitment to and understanding of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Issues
  • Interview date: To be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Will Unsworth ([email protected])

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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