Research Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry Ref 8203

School/department: School of Life Sciences, Sussex Drug Discovery Centre.
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE, core hours 10am-4pm.
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until July 2023 
Reference:  8203
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 1 April 2022
Closing date:  5 May 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

The Sussex Drug Discovery Centre (SDDC) wishes to recruit a talented scientist with experience in medicinal chemistry, synthetic chemistry and CNS ion channel drug discovery. SDDC is a multi-disciplinary team of drug discovery scientists developing novel cancer (including fragment based drug discovery towards DNA damage and epigenetic targets) and ion channel therapeutics. Working closely with the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, leaders in industry and academia, the position will allow the candidate to take a prominent role towards the development of new treatments and chemical probes. This is a unique opportunity to join a research group working in a multidisciplinary environment on an exciting and emerging area of oncology drug discovery research. The project is led by Prof John Spencer and an overview of research within the SDDC can be found at

EDI statement:

The School of Life Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and providing an inclusive working environment. The School currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, has developed a Race Equity Action Plan and hosts an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group. Applications are particularly welcomed from Black and minority ethnic candidates, and women, trans and non-binary candidates, who are under-represented in the School of Life Sciences.

Applications to posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers are welcome. The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to  

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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