Research Associate / Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Medicinal Chemistry (fixed term)



Closing Date
Sunday, 8th December 2019

Job Type


£27025 to £33199 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD).

As part of an exciting new partnership between University of Nottingham, University of Strathclyde and GSK, we are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic research Associate/Fellow within the research group of Dr Michael Stocks based in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.  

This role will involve the development of a medicinal chemistry research project founded upon excellence in synthetic (medicinal) chemistry aimed at supporting an artificial intelligence (AI) enabled medicinal chemistry program. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with an AI computational chemist to explore the proof-of-concept chemical synthesis of new lead- and drug-like chemical scaffolds, enabling the synthesis of the scaffold and the expansion of the scaffolds into small “drug-like” libraries. An essential aspect of the research will be the validation of synthetic chemistry reactions to expedite the generation of compound libraries, through short-term secondment access to GSK’s high throughput chemistry expertise.  This position is part of a recently announced EPSRC Prosperity Partnership award entitled “Accelerated Discovery and Development of New Medicines: Prosperity Partnership for a Healthier Nation” (EP/S005080/1), which will support a multidisciplinary team of approx. 30 co-workers all of whom are committed to the development of smarter chemistries to underpin efficient processes enabling the manufacture of high potency materials with a minimal environmental impact. 

It is expected that the successful candidate with work closely with researchers at The University of Strathclyde and GSK with an opportunity to undertake secondments to one or both of our partner institutions. Our partners all value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity. The School of Pharmacy, at Nottingham holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science.

To be suitable for this post, you must be genuinely interested in pursuing a future career in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. You must have a good first degree in a synthetic chemistry-related discipline (min 2(i)), a PhD submitted or awarded in synthetic (medicinal) chemistry and a proven research track record. You have excellent communication skills, which are evident from written reports and publications, as well as presentations and discussions. In addition, you are an effective team member.

Industrial pharmaceutical experience in a synthetic medicinal chemistry group is desirable.

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract for a period of 2 years.

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff. We are dedicated to creating an environment which enables both our staff to thrive and achieve their potential.  Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the awarding of an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Michael Stocks, email: or tel 0115 8466863. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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