Research Associate in Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology, Loughborough University, UK

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Research Associate in Organic Synthesis: The School of Science at Loughborough University is seeking applications for a 14-month postdoctoral research associate position in organic synthesis and chemical biology. The successful candidate will work on an EPSRC Impact Acceleration project under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Butler. The project aims to synthesize macrocyclic luminescent probes for the recognition of specific biological anions in aqueous media. Collaborating with Thermo Fisher Scientific, the project seeks to develop these probes as novel bioassay tools for real-time tracking of biological processes.

DesignationResearch Associate in Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology
Research AreaOrganic Synthesis, Chemical Biology
LocationLoughborough University, Loughborough
SalaryFrom £33,966 Specialist and Supporting Academic Research grade 6
HoursFull Time
Contract TypeFixed-Term/Contract
Placed On7th August 2023
Closes3rd September 2023
Job RefREQ230922

Eligibility/Qualification: The position is ideally suited for an ambitious early career researcher with a strong background in organic synthesis. Experience in plate-reader based assays and/or supramolecular techniques (e.g. spectroscopic host-guest titrations) would be advantageous. The candidate should be highly motivated with a keen interest in translating fundamental scientific research into the next stage of commercialization with the strong support of industrial collaborators.

Job Description:

Research Associate in Organic Synthesis and Chemical Biology

The successful candidate will join a dynamic research team with expertise in organic synthesis, photophysical analysis of host-guest complexes, and bioassay development. The primary focus will be on synthesizing fully functionalized molecular probes and optimizing their performance as novel bioassays and imaging reagents in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, a global leader in bioassay technologies. Key parameters including selectivity, sensitivity, stability, and operational simplicity of the probes will be determined. The role involves cross-disciplinary collaboration and presents an exciting opportunity for contributing to impactful research with real-world applications.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their application through the university’s online application system using the provided link. Applications must include a CV, cover letter, and contact information for at least two professional references.

Last Date for Application: The closing date for applications is 3rd September 2023. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

For more information about the research group and Dr. Stephen Butler’s work, please visit Butler Research Group. Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Stephen Butler via email at

Note: Please refer to the provided link for further details and to apply for the position.



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