First listed on: 23 November 2017

STEM + Postdoctoral Fellowship Synthetic Organic/ Medicinal Chemistry

  • Are you an early career research scientist?
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance
  • Build new skills and relationships with industry partners

The Position

This role is being offered under the STEM+ Business Fellowship Program which provides opportunities for early career researchers to build new skills and relationships with industry. The STEM+ program is an initiative of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund ( The industrial partner for this project is MecRx, a Melbourne based biotech start-up who have recently secured $4 million in investment from the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund to advance their drug discovery programs. The role will require the use of synthetic organic chemistry skills towards the application of a medicinal chemistry project based around oncogenic targets. The successful applicant will join MecRx’s established, multi-disciplinary project team and will be primarily based with the chemistry group at CSIRO, Clayton.

Your duties will include:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to MecRx that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Design and reduce to practice syntheses to support the medicinal chemistry program.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative concepts and ideas for further research.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within your team, the business unit and across CSIRO and MecRx.

Location:             Clayton, Victoria
Salary:                 $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:                Specified term of 2 years
Job reference:    52256

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as synthetic organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry. 
    Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 4 years of relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • Experience in the performance of multi-step organic synthesis on a variety of scales from mg to multigram.
  • Ability in the design of novel pathways to target molecules utilising both literature searching and a comprehensive knowledge of modern synthetic chemistry techniques.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position Details

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Find out more here!: Balance

About us

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How to apply:  Please upload one document only containing your CV/Resume and cover letter ensuring you provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.  If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications close:  10:59pm AEDT, 10 December 2017.

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