Job description

The at the University of Sussex is at the forefront of research in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2021), 100% of our in Biological Sciences and Chemistry were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School has recently received substantial University investment and is embarking on an exciting and extensive, muti-million pound refurbishment and improvement project. Part of this includes a new Centre for Molecular Structure, which will house new NMR, mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography facilities. The centre is funded by multi-million pound investments from a range of sources including successful grant applications, University Strategic Development funds and philanthropic investments.

Sussex Chemistry is a Department within the School of Life Sciences and is engaged in research and teaching across all branches of Chemistry. Our Chemistry undergraduate programmes are ranked 8th in the Guardian University Guide for 2022. A particular strength of Sussex Chemistry lies in the synergy of research across the School of Life Sciences, including with the (SDDC), which encompasses research spanning medicinal chemistry and biological sciences. The SDDC has benefitted from multi-million pound investment. The SDDC Chemistry laboratories are equipped with industry standard equipment, including a Shimadzu LCMS, Agilent preparative and analytical HPLC and ISCO preparative HPLC, including a mass directed unit. The SDDC research group consists of an approximately equal chemist/biologist ratio, thus ensuring the translation of the Chemistry to therapeutic problems.

We wish to appoint a lecturer in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. As well as undertaking high quality research in this area, the successful candidate will be expected to play a leading role in the implementation of a new MSc in Drug Discovery, Design and Synthesis, which will take the first students in Autumn 2024.

Candidates should have a strong research background and have a track record of regularly publishing high quality research articles.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop links to foster knowledge exchange and links with industry. They will also have a willingness to engage in all aspects of undergraduate teaching in Chemistry and to teach on the new MSc programme.

The School of Life Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and providing an inclusive working environment. The School currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, has developed a Race Equity Action Plan and hosts an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group.

Applications are particularly welcomed from black and minority ethnic candidates, and women, trans and non-binary candidates, who are under-represented in the School of Life Sciences.

Applications to posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers are welcome.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with the Head of Chemistry, Professor Wendy Brown () .

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy, , on our webpages.

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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