UCL Department / Division
(inclusive of London allowance)
£34,056 to £41,163 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
The Research Associate will work in the Christopher Ingold Laboratories at UCL’s Bloomsbury
Campus on a research project supported by the Simons Foundation and supervised by Dr Matthew
Powner. The overall project goal is to explore the chemical origins of life. Robust chemical reactions
for the synthesis of key chemical precursors of life will be developed to explore the roots of
biological organisation. The work will involve developing novel reactions and methods to investigate
systems chemistry and the chemical origins of life.
The successful applicant will join a highly motivated group working at the interface of organic and
biological chemistry. A high degree of collaborative work tackling one of the most profound,
important and interdisciplinary questions in modern science is being undertaken in the laboratory,
which provides a highly stimulating environment in which to work. The postholder will be required
to carry out chemical research into the synthesis of functional biological and biomimetic molecules
by protecting-group-free chemical reactions. Additionally, the postholder will be expected to
contribute to the design and implementation of research strategy, and provide full records, analyses
and internal reports of all research outcomes.
The appointment is funded by the Simons Foundation for an initial period of 12 months, and start
date is as soon as possible.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment to high-quality research and proven research
skills, with experience of synthetic organic chemistry. In particular, the development of reaction
methodology and application of NMR techniques and the associated analysis are essential.
Experience of organic chemistry in water and glycoside, peptide or nucleoside chemistry are all
desirable but by no means essential. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
or will have submitted their thesis prior to taking up the position.
Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not
the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £29,809 - £31,432 p.a.
including London Allowance of £2,980 p.a.) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of
final submission of the PhD thesis.
A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page.
To apply for the vacancy please click on the 'Apply Now' button.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Matthew Powner ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Any queries on the online application proces can be directed to Judith James ( email@example.com ),
as we wish to encourage online applications.
We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
14 Aug 2017
Latest time for the submission of applications
Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which illustrates our commitment to addressing gender equality.
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.
Please use these links to find out more about the UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL .
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