Research Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry Ref 5778

School/department: School of Life Sciences, Sussex Drug Discovery Centre
Hours: Full time
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term until 28 February 2022 initially, renewable annually up to 29 February 2024, subject to funder approval.
Reference: 5778
Salary: Grade 7 starting at £33,797 to 40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time or
Grade 8 starting at  41,526 to 49,553 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  30 April 2021
Closing date:  27 May 2021
Expected start date: 1 August 2021

Job description

A multidisciplinary team in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex made up of Prof Michelle West (Biochemistry and Biomedicine,, Prof Jeff Hill (Sussex Drug Discovery Centre, and Prof John Spencer (Chemistry,  wishes to appoint a Medicinal Chemist with a background in Drug Discovery.

Funded by a 31-month Therapeutic Discovery Award from Cancer Research UK, you will be based in the Sussex Drug Discovery Centre ( and work on a structure-led drug discovery project focused on developing new treatments for Epstein-Barr virus associated cancers.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to join a team with extensive expertise in Epstein-Barr Virus Biology, Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry based in a School with an international reputation for excellence in structural biology, cancer and genomic sciences.

Please contact Professor Michelle West (, Prof Jeff Hill ( and Prof John Spencer ( for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

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