PhD Studentship – A Chemical Biology Approach to the Identification of cyclic peptide inhibitors of protein-protein interactions

Southampton, United Kingdom

We are seeking an academically excellent and motivated individual to join the Tavassoli lab as a PhD student. The project is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKiine and the EPSRC, and focuses on the development of cyclic peptide inhibitors of a medically relevant protein-protein interaction, using a genetically encoded drug discovery platform.

This project is multidisciplinary, with research being conducted at the interface of chemistry and biology. Training and support will be provided in variety of chemical and biochemical techniques by members of the Tavassoli research group, who are based at the School of Chemistry, and at the Cancer Research UK Centre in the Faculty of Medicine.

The successful candidate is expected to have a first class degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related subject from a leading university. Prior experience with chemical synthesis or molecular biology will be an advantage. The project start date will be Oct 2013, but can be altered by mutual agreement.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Ali Tavassoli by email and more information about the Tavassoli lab is available online at

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received and the position may be filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

Administrative contact and how to apply: Please complete the University’s online application form, which you can find at:

You should enter Dr Ali Tavassoli as your proposed supervisor. Please direct any enquiries about this procedure to

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Closing Date: Saturday 31 August 2013

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