Carry out chemistry and cell biology research towards the target of new therapeutic compounds or diagnostic probes.
Carrying out cell biology and molecular biology experiments to investigate the biological activity and anti-cancer properties of newly synthesised compounds.
2 years post-PhD.
MChem degree, Chemistry/Cell Biology PhD.
Applying for a fellowship to build upon PhD research and increase impact/publications.
Seeing final published journal articles, which add to the field of developing new anti-cancer drugs. And winning a C&EN image competition for some really nice microscopy work which I had worked hard to add to my skill set.
Flexibility in the working day and fair degree of freedom in the research conducted
The freedom can be a disadvantage, if you are a hard worker, as it can often result in 12 hour days or weekend visits to the lab when things need to be done.
An enjoyment of bench work and controlling your own experimental plan, perseverance, and the ability to deal with rejection and not take it personally (grants, publications etc).
Learn as many new skills from other people as possible.
At some point I have been in the lab during every hour of the day and night.