Research Associate in Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Prof. Andrew Livingston to investigate the membrane-assisted synthesis of oligonucleotides and peptides, using the Nanostar Sieving, a new liquid-phase synthesis technique developed in the Livingston Group.


Job listing information

Reference ENG01239
Date posted 4 March 2020
Closing date 5 April 2020
Key information about the role
Location South Kensington Campus (map)
Position type Full time, fixed term
Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
Department Department of Chemical Engineering
Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher


Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join a lively multidisciplinary research group under Prof. Andrew Livingston to investigate the membrane-assisted synthesis of oligonucleotides and peptides, using the Nanostar Sieving, a new liquid-phase synthesis technique developed in the Livingston Group.


Duties and responsibilities

Successful candidate will seek to develop the chemistry for iterative chain extension cycles of sequence-defined polymers, then purify the growing polymers by organic solvent nano-filtration. This involves growing the oligonucleotides and peptides on a soluble hub molecule, to which 2 or more growing biopolymers are attached. In the first instance the new PDRA will synthesise oligonucleotides, with reactions and separations on 1-100 g scale. They will also be expected to participate in peptide, oligosaccharide and synthetic polymer programmes. It is essential for the candidate to hold a PhD (or equivalent) in organic chemistry.


Essential requirements

The successful candidate will have a background in organic synthesis, preferably polymer synthesis, ideally bio-polymers, and possess a thorough knowledge of protecting group strategies and functional group interconversions. Experience of bio-conjugation chemistry would also be useful. They will have a fluent understanding of chemical analytical techniques. And should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to exercise initiative and judgement in carrying out research tasks.


Further information

The post is available immediately for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension. The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus), but as the Livingston Group will move location to Queen Mary University of London during late 2020, the post will move sites to Mile End Campus of Queen Mary University of London

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Piers Gaffney (p.gaffney@imperial.ac.uk).

To apply, please visit our website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/ You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG01239. Please ensure you include a completed application form with your submission.

Further information about the post is available in the job description.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date: midnight on Sunday 5th April 2020

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.


About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.


Additional Information

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations.

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/


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