Allan Jordan

 Chemistry (3 Years) [BSc] and PhD Organic/Medicinal Chemistry

Allan Jordan

Manchester is a thriving, multicultural, and tolerant place. Get out there, enjoy it, and make the most of the opportunities a big city offers. Develop a range of capabilities, competencies and personal attributes that can stand you above and beyond the 'average' graduate.

Current position: Head of Chemistry, Drug Discovery

Company: Paterson Institute for Cancer Research

 

What route have you taken to get to your current position?

Make the most of every learning opportunity whilst keeping a focus on the job in hand; working previously in a small company allowed the opportunity to be involved in a multitude of tasks within my own area, which broadened my scope of expertise and understanding, alongside developing core skills in my chosen field.

What does this position involve?

It involves overall responsibility for 11 experienced synthetic and medicinal chemists, computational chemistry, chemoinformatics, as well as determining overall group and project strategy and progression. I identify new research opportunities which may offer future medicines to cancer patients with unmet medical needs. I liaise at national and international level across chemistry as well as other disciplines, and procure major items of lab equipment.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

The ability to provide opportunities which help my team develop their own skills and experience, alongside the determination to do something "worthwhile" for the patients we see in the adjacent hospital every day. Working alongside our fundraisers, hearing their stories and sharing the work we do with them.

What did you most enjoy about your course?

The variety of options. I particularly liked that all core modules were in the first two years and the final year was entirely made up of personal module choices.

What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

Alongside the "normal" skills of synthetic chemistry, analytical thinking and an understanding of the academic environment.

What advice would you give to students applying for the same course that you took?

Think broadly. Don’t focus too specifically on certain areas as you never quite know where things will lead in the future. More importantly Manchester is a thriving, multicultural, and tolerant place. Get out there, enjoy it, and make the most of the opportunities a big city offers. Develop a range of capabilities, competencies and personal attributes that can stand you above and beyond the 'average' graduate.

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