Research Associate/Fellow in Computational Chemistry

University of Nottingham Department of Chemistry

United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Computational Chemistry (Fixed-term)

Closing Date
Thursday, 1st July 2021
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

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 in Computational Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. 

The successful candidate will work in the research group of Professor Jonathan Hirst to improve the accuracy of computational predictions of protein-ligand binding affinity utilising new advances in machine learning. They will develop algorithms tailored to and embedded within specific medicinal chemistry programmes to design drug-like molecules, which will then be synthesized and assayed by project partners. The project with involve close collaboration with medicinal chemists at Nottingham (Dr Mike Stocks), Strathclyde (Dr Craig Jamieson) and GSK.  

Candidates should have a PhD (or near completion) in computational chemistry or a related discipline and have a proven research record in computational modelling of chemical problems. Candidates should have the ability to bring together expertise in machine learning, molecular simulation, force field development and cheminformatics. The successful candidate can look forward to working in a well-resourced environment with state-of-the-art facilities within the Computational Chemistry Group, and to developing the necessary transferable skills to be an independent researcher. 

It is expected that the successful candidate will work closely with researchers at University of Strathclyde and GSK with an opportunity to undertake a secondment to one of both partner institutions.

The post is offered on a fixed-term contract for 18 months starting from 01 September 2021. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week); however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 18.1 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours. Job share arrangements may also be considered. 

The School values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.  The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing women's careers in science. 

You can read more about what this means at and on our website

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Jonathan Hirst ( or Helen Shipman, tel: 0115 9513486 or email Please note that applications sent directly to theses email addresses 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, see our Moving to Nottingham pages.

For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information download our Support with Immigration Expenses document.

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