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Senior Organic Chemist

Bristol   •  £35000 - £40000 per annum  •  Permanent, Full time


A growing diagnostics start-up has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Organic Chemist to join its team. You will be focused on leading the design, synthesis (including, scale-up), characterisation and expansion of a library of novel functional microparticles. To be considered, you must have commercial lab experience including multi-step organic synthesis expertise, and have knowledge of glycomics and cell recognition processes.

Role Responsibilities

  • Research target molecules and develop synthetic routes
  • Use computational tools, retrosynthetic analysis, knowledge and experience to improve route design
  • Optimise purification of new compounds and fully characterise them
  • Write papers for peer reviewed publications and attend conferences
  • Assist with prototype evaluations and experiments
  • Assist with development of quality control processes
  • Attend internal and external meetings as required
  • Oversee procurement and maintenance of reagents
  • Support IP protection activities (including patent drafting).
  • Develop, execute and monitor quarterly workplans
  • Maintain detailed laboratory records and keep up to date with relevant literature
  • Participate in the entire research and development lifecycle, from concept to product release.
  • Present developments to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ensure that all laboratory activities comply with Health and Safety guidelines

Experience Required

A motivated, team player with strong interest in building a career in the Life Science sector

  • PhD, or MSc level qualification in Organic or Carbohydrate Chemistry or related field with 3 years of industry experience
  • Good understanding of multi-step organic synthesis
  • Knowledge of glycomics and cell recognition processes
  • Experienced in Bioconjugation (highly desirable)
  • Experienced in Oligosaccharides synthesis (highly desirable)
  • Analytical thinker with good problem-solving skills to overcome technical issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with characterisation techniques (NMR, LCMS)
  • Experience with nanoparticles/microparticles
  • Good understanding of Project Management and reporting

Cranleigh STEM & Sustainability is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity, and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employment agency, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team.


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  • Agency: Cranleigh Scientific
  • Reference: 7572
  • Posted: 22nd November 2022
  • Expires: 20th December 2022

Cranleigh Scientific

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