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

Closing Date
Monday, 3rd June 2019
Job Type
£27025 to £39609 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £30395 with relevant PhD). 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 (or be close to completion) a PhD 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 quantum chemistry. 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 with work closely with researchers at University of Strathclyde and GSK with an opportunity to undertake a secondment to one of both partner institutions.

This full-time post is offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of three years and is available from 1 July 2019. 

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. 

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Further details:

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Jonathan Hirst, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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