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Department of Chemistry
Section: Organic Chemistry
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Medicinal Chemistry  (Professors Steve Davies and Angela Russell)
Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 - £37,394 p.a.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research assistant to join an established medicinal chemistry team working under the overall supervision of Professors Steve Davies and Angela Russell. The project forms part of the UtroDMD Alliance – a strategic alliance established in November 2013 between the University of Oxford and Summit Therapeutics to develop utrophin modulators for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Summit’s lead drug, ezutromid is currently undergoing Phase 2 evaluation in DMD patients. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work with world leading researchers and contribute to the development of innovative new therapies for areas of significant unmet medical need, with the primary focus being on DMD. The team is currently optimising a number of novel compound classes which upregulate the production of utrophin, and represent potential treatments for DMD, in a collaboration between the Departments of Chemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, including Professor Angela Russell, Professor Steve Davies and Professor Dame Kay Davies, and Summit Therapeutics.

The posts are funded by Summit Therapeutics and are available from 14 August 2017 for 12 months in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for a further 24 months. The successful candidate will be expert in synthetic organic chemistry and/or will have experience in medicinal chemistry, drug discovery/development, and screening. Candidates must have an organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry PhD or will have submitted a thesis in one of these subjects prior to taking up the appointment. For an informal discussion about the post, contact Professor Angela Russell ( To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and selection criteria, please go to Postdoctoral Research Associate in Medicinal Chemistry . You will be required to upload a summary sheet, supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. The vacancy will close at 12.00 midday on 19 July 2017.

Further Details are available for download here: or by e-mail to quoting reference 129758.
Application deadline for this post is 19 July 2017
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