University of Dundee

Biotransformation Expert

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Grade 8 (£39,992 - £47,722)

We are seeking a personable and enthusiastic individual to take up the post of Biotransformation Expert within the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) team in the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), University of Dundee. The DDU has a strong focus to find new drugs to treat diseases of the developing world such as malaria, tuberculosis, visceral leishmaniasis and Chagas disease (see

The successful applicant will work within the DMPK team in the DDU to provide bioanalytical expertise, with particular emphasis on metabolite identification support, contributing to drug discovery projects from the hit discovery phase through to lead optimisation and candidate selection. The bioanalytical laboratory is well equipped to meet the demands required to support all DMPK assays applied within an early drug discovery setting, with a UPLC Quattro Premier XE, a UPLC Xevo TQs, a UPLC micro TQs and a UPLC Xevo Qtof.
You will have a minimum of an analytical chemistry related degree, together with DMPK drug discovery experience gained working in a drug discovery research and/or development environment, preferably within the BioPharmaceutical industry.

The post is available immediately.

The starting salary for this post will be within Grade 8 salary scale depending on the experience of the candidate. A relocation allowance is available.

The DMPK Biotransformation expert scientist will:

• Provide metabolite identification support to all drug discovery programmes
• Provide Bioanalytical method development and sample analysis in support of in vitro DMPK assays and in vivo pharmacokinetics
• Act as bioanalytical expert in ongoing and new collaborations involving MS imaging technology
• Perform routine MS maintenance and help in day-to-day running of the MS lab
• Work with project teams to maximise impact of DMPK within DDU lead optimisation programmes
• Carry out data analysis and relevant quality assurance

Required attributes:

• Professionally qualified with a minimum of a degree in chemistry, analytical chemistry or a related topic
• Extensive experience of carrying out bioanalysis and bioanalytical method development within a drug discovery or development project
• Extensive Experience in metabolite identification as applicable to small molecule drug discovery project support
• A demonstrable expertise in DMPK
• A strong understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process
• Highly motivated with a strong proactive approach
• Excellent team working skills
• A willingness to work flexibly
• Excellent time management and organisational skills
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Knowledge/experience of MS imaging techniques such as MALDI would be an advantage

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee:

The School of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 59 countries, external funding in excess of £40 million per year and outstanding research infrastructure.
Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine
The University of Dundee achieved the highest aggregate rating in Biology among all UK Universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills.

How to apply:

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The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.  We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award ( which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.