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Research Associate in Chemical Biology

University of Manchester
United Kingdom
£36,024 to £44,263 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Biomedicine, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Life Science
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Full time
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Research Associate in Chemical Biology

Job reference: SAE-025559

Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Location: Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

Employment type: Fixed Term

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 July 2024 until 30 June 2026

The Research Associate will be based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and Department of Chemistry working with Prof Jason Micklefield.

We are looking for an ambitious scientist who is keen to develop new biosynthetic pathways and/or chemoenzymatic routes to pharmaceutical targets (e.g., antibiotics and other important bioactive compounds). For examples of related previous work from our group see:

Winn et al, Nature 2021, 593, 391-398 (;

Thong et al Nature Communications 2021, 12, 6872 (;

Law et al, Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 977-984 (;

Craven et al, Nature Catalysis 2021, 4, 385-394 (;

Bering et al, Nature Commun. 2022, 13, 380 (

Applicants possessing relevant skills in either synthetic organic chemistry and biological chemistry, or biochemistry and molecular biology are encouraged to apply - we are open to candidates from both chemistry and biology backgrounds. Currently, our team comprises 22 co-workers from diverse backgrounds working together in a friendly and collaborative environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Individuals who are versatile, keen to learn new skills and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations will be particularly well suited to this position:

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance. For further information, please visit

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Any recruitment enquiries from recruitment agencies should be directed to

Any CV’s submitted by a recruitment agency will be considered a gift.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Jason Micklefield & Dr Sarah Shepherd

Email: and cc:

General enquiries:


Technical support:

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the 13 June 2024.

Please see the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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