University of Leicester enhancing cutting-edge science with new talent

Posted by pt91 at Apr 03, 2017 11:51 AM |
Fresh investment, together with new grant funding, will create eleven new research roles investigating structural and chemical biology

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 April 2017

A research institute at the University of Leicester is significantly expanding through the recruitment of fresh new talent to accelerate the impact of its cutting-edge work.

The University has invested nearly £2 million into the Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB) to expand its roster with a suite of new roles aimed at attracting scientists working at the top level of the field. Eleven new roles will inject new blood from the ground up, with a senior-level appointment that will open up whole new avenues of research.

The Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB) is a cross-disciplinary entity that brings together internationally renowned research in structural biology and chemical biology at the University of Leicester into a single world-leading unit.

The new Institute aims to exploit synergies in research technologies to deliver major advances in both fundamental and translational research and has the following major research strands: understanding the structure and mechanism of macromolecules and macromolecular complexes in biology, structure-based drug discovery and design, the use of single molecule techniques to understand biological processes, and the development of chemical probes and compound libraries.

Professor Iain Gillespie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, said: “Like other world-leading research intensive Universities, Leicester supports a number of areas of research that we might think of as our ‘signatures’ –  areas that we especially excel at, want to invest significantly in and want to be known for.  We have so far created four new Leicester Institutes to showcase these areas. Structural and Chemical Biology is one of these and I’m delighted that we have been able to make such a strong commitment to its future here at Leicester.”

Professor Philip Baker, Head of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, said: “The Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology, alongside the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute, are in the vanguard of the College’s strategy to tackle the most pressing challenges in medical and biological science today. These new roles are a vital part their mission to enhance and diversify the Institute’s capability to take on these challenges and remain leaders in structural and chemical biology.”

Professor Paul Monks, Head of the College of Science and Engineering, said: “The significant investment in this ground-breaking interdisciplinary science area will allow accelerated impact of the excellent work planned in institute. I am excited about the new science areas these posts will open up. The institute has ambitious plans to partner with pharma, industry and the government as the forefront of Structural and Chemical Biology.”

Professor John Schwabe, Institute Director, said: “These new posts provide an exciting opportunity for researchers to join the Institute and demonstrates the University of Leicester’s continued commitment to supporting Structural and Chemical Biology at Leicester. We are looking to recruit scientists at all levels and who will add to and enhance the talented group of researchers already working in the institute.”

The LISCB is advertising roles for a Chair or Associate Professor in Structural Biology, Lectureships in Chemical Biology, a Lecturer in Structural Biology, and Research Fellowships. Also advertised are four grant-funded Research Associates. For more information on the roles and to apply visit:


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