Brisbane, Australia

Work Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Friday, May 26 2017, 5:00pm

The Company

UniQuest is the main commercialisation company of The University of Queensland (UQ), specialising in the commercialisation of intellectual property, research outcomes and expertise. UniQuest has a 30 year track record and was responsible for the commercialisation of the HPV vaccine Gardasil®, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, the image correction technology found in two-thirds of the world's MRI machines, and Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, one of Australia's largest biotech acquisitions.

With the support of the Queensland State Government and UQ, UniQuest has established the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI), a new dedicated small molecule drug discovery and development capability located within labs at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience.  QEDDI aims to translate innovative discoveries into small molecule drug candidates that could progress towards clinical development potentially through industry partnerships or via investment in a spin-out company.

As a result, we are currently recruiting for the position of Research Assistant, Chemistry.

The Role

Reporting to a Senior Medicinal Chemist, the Research Assistant will perform synthetic and medicinal chemistry research and development for QEDDI’s small molecule drug discovery programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support the chemistry group with inventory and procurement management, equipment maintenance and administrational tasks
  • Participate as part of a project team by conducting the synthesis and characterisation of compounds in support of defined medicinal chemistry objectives
  • Design synthetic routes to prepare novel biologically active compounds
  • Characterise synthesised compounds using modern spectroscopic techniques
  • Use scientific knowledge to solve research problems, particularly in organic synthesis
  • Keep up to date with scientific literature relevant to the project

To be successful in your application, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Experience of a wide range of synthetic organic chemistry techniques at the bench is essential
  • Experience conducting and interpreting analytical data including NMR, HPLC and LCMS is essential
  • Good organisation skills and ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of modern synthetic techniques, and, preferably, experience with the development of novel synthetic methodology
  • Ability to maintain accurate, up to date laboratory records and work to commercial standards
  • Experience working in industry-based medicinal chemistry project teams would be highly regarded
  • Experience synthesising a range of structurally diverse structures is desirable
  • Experience with electronic laboratory notebooks, laboratory information management systems, maintenance and method development for LCMS and HPLC is desirable

This is a great opportunity to be part of a drug discovery initiative that is seeking to translate university-based biology into small molecule drug candidates for commercialisation, bringing value to industry and the various stakeholders.

Further Information

To apply for the Research Assistant role, please email your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to jobs@uniquest.com.au. To have a confidential discussion please call Dr Brian Dymock on +61 (0)418 947 357.