Research Associate

Keele University

United Kingdom

September 25, 2022


Job title

Research Associate

Job reference


Application closing date



Keele University Campus


Grade 7 Salary £35,333 - £43,414

Contractual hours



Full time

Job category/type

Academic and Research



Job description


The Opportunity

This post represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a team of staff in Keele University's Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Faculty is responsible for the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

A postdoctoral research associate position is available within the group of Prof. Gavin J. Miller, to carry out research on a project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

This innovative project, in the area of oligonucleotides and biocatalysis, will involve contributing to the chemical synthesis of nucleoside and nucleotide analogue targets. The project is a collaborative venture with Prof. Nick Turner and Dr Sarah Lovelock (University of Manchester) to explore the Biocatalytic Manufacturing of Nucleic Acid Therapeutics .

Applicants must have a PhD (or have submitted a thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in synthetic organic chemistry. Experience with synthetic methodology development for nucleoside or nucleotide chemical synthesis is highly desirable. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, an ability to work independently, and have an organised approach to the management of their research.

The post is available for 12 months initially but with the possibility of extension for another 12. The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake research secondments at the partner university as an essential component of the research program. The role will involve supervision of PhD and Masters-level students.

The Benefits

The University recognises that its success depends upon the contribution and dedication of its talented staff. In return, we have a competitive benefits package available, including:

  • Competitive rate of pay with annual increments within the grade (Keele Spine)
  • Generous annual leave entitlement with opportunities to purchase additional leave
  • Excellent staff pension scheme
  • Access to continued personal, professional and career development
  • On site ‘outstanding' nursery
  • Discounted health & fitness facilities on site
  • Cycle to work scheme (subject to eligibility)
  • Please note that the starting salary will typically be at the bottom of the pay scale shown above.

    The University is committed to operating flexible working practices wherever possible.

    The University

    Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £170 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found at https: // www.

    Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter, and values equality and diversity across our workforce. We strive to ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.

    Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

    Please note this appointment is subject to medical clearance by the University's Occupational Health provider.

    How to Apply

    For full post details please see below:-

    Job Description and Person specification

    Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.

    Informal enquiries may be addressed to Gavin J. Miller ( )

    Applications to this address will not be accepted.

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    Established in 1949, Keele University is an open research university in Staffordshire, England. Started as the University College of North Staffordshire, it received its status of a university in 1962 by the Royal Charter. It is recognized as the largest...