Working together to
promote the advance
of all aspects of
cancer research.

Principal Chemist – Drug Discovery Unit

  • Salary starting from: £35,800 - £55,000 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
  • Job Ref: MI/16/33_3
  • Duration: Fixed term until 31st March 2019 (in the first instance)

They are seeking an experienced, creative and innovative medicinal chemist looking to make a strategic impact on the delivery of novel cancer therapeutics.  You should have a PhD in organic chemistry (or related subject) along with a track record in the discovery and optimisation of biologically relevant molecules for clinical evaluation, gained in a non-for-profit or industrial setting. You will also have experience of project, line and matrix management and the ability to provide strategic direction and leadership across the chemistry team.

Delivering expert internal and external scientific leadership and providing cross-project impact and influence to drive our internal programmes to key milestones, you will be expected to lead from the lab and will maintain a laboratory presence.  A critical component of your role will be the on-going development of the chemistry team, in terms of project and line management activities, ensuring delivery and managing and enhancing performance across the team.  You will report directly to the Head of Chemistry and provide strategic recommendations to the leadership team on key topics, alongside responsibility for critical areas such as structural biology, oversight of laboratory safety, informatics and on-going development of our laboratory infrastructure.

For any informal enquiries about these posts, please contact Dr Allan Jordan via email:

The Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (, an Institute of The University of Manchester (, is a world-leading centre for excellence in cancer research.  The Institute is core funded by Cancer Research UK (, the largest independent cancer research organisation in the world.  They are adjacent to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe.  These factors combine to provide an exceptional environment in which to pursue basic, translational and clinical research programmes.

Their aim is to understand the fundamental basis of cancer and apply that knowledge to developing new treatment strategies for cancer patients.  Their advanced research programmes span a spectrum of cancer research, from the molecular and cellular basis of cancer through to drug discovery, translational research and clinical trials.

The Institute has outstanding laboratory facilities and exceptional core services, including next generation sequencing, microarrays, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics, histology and mass-spectrometry. 

They are situated in Manchester, England, a vibrant and dynamic city that is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has excellent transport links both nationally and internationally.

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The deadline for receipt of applications is: 12th April 2017

Start Date

3rd March 2017

Closing Date

12th April 2017