Research Officer (Chemist)

Research Officer (Chemist)

Application closing date: 
Wed, 30/09/2020 - 5:00pm

About the position

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Officer (Chemist) to join the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. We are seeking a highly motivated medicinal chemist with a strong work ethic, excellent attention to detail and an ability to solve problems. Your primary responsibilities will be to design and synthesise novel compounds and engage with other scientists to advance drug discovery projects at the Institute. This will be a laboratory-based role, principally at our Bundoora Campus, reporting to the Head of the National Drug Discovery Centre.

The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with a broad range of scientists at the Institute, providing medicinal chemistry expertise and capability. Other responsibilities may include the oversight of CRO chemists, interpretation of assay data and structure-activity relationships, assisting with the preparation of patents and journal manuscripts, and providing advice and assistance on hits that arise from HTS campaigns.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should possess a PhD in chemistry (or equivalent experience) and a demonstrated ability to synthesise organic compounds on a milligram to multi-gram scale in a medicinal chemistry setting. Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with scientists from a wide range of scientific backgrounds are essential. The successful applicant will be capable of working independently to devise time- and cost-efficient synthetic routes and will have an excellent understanding of the drug discovery process. Previous experience in a commercial or academic drug discovery setting would be highly regarded. The role will require very strong written and oral communication skills and an ability to work well in a team environment.

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 1 year in a full-time capacity with the possibility of extension. The salary range is Academic Level A6 to A8 ($90,053 - $96,661). Up to 17% superannuation and very attractive salary packaging options are available.

General enquiries can be directed to Dr Jeff Mitchell

A position description is available.

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf format to, quoting reference WEHI/ANJM110920 in the subject line.

Application closing date: 30 September 2020

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment.  We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support female laboratory heads.