University of Dundee

Medicinal Chemistry Trainer: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Grade 7 (£31,076 - £38,183)


We are seeking a personable and enthusiastic individual to take up the post of Medicinal Chemistry Trainer at the newly established Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (CAIR), University of Dundee. CAIR builds on world-leading work at the University, including within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), to find new drugs to treat diseases of the developing world such as malaria, tuberculosis and leishmaniasis (see


The successful applicant will work with CAIR’s Training Manager and the training team to develop, and implement the strategy and delivery of CAIR’s training activities, with a particular focus on Medicinal Chemistry.


A key aspect of the training programme will be providing trainees with a 12 months on-the-job, hands-on practical training as full team members within an ongoing infectious disease project. The training will develop the trainees’ expertise in medicinal chemistry, while providing exposure to all other aspects of the drug discovery matrix. A focus will be on participation of trainees from developing world countries with ongoing training and advice that will encompass setting up a sustainable drug discovery laboratory/centre in the trainee’s originating location. You will work with a number of organisations across the world to identify potential trainees.


You will have a minimum of a chemistry related science degree, together with medicinal chemistry drug discovery and training 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 7 (£31,076 - £38,183) depending on the experience of the candidate. A relocation allowance is available.


The Medicinal Chemistry Trainer will:

  • Help establish the hands-on training course in drug discovery for experienced scientists seeking to develop their knowledge of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery
  • Help identify and select trainees in medicinal chemistry
  • Mentor and train in key aspects of medicinal chemistry within a drug discovery project
  • Carry out health and safety training, to the high (industry) standards of the DDU
  • Train in the use of key discipline specific computational packages and laboratory equipment
  • Ensure integration of trainees with an ongoing DDU drug discovery project to maximise the impact of the training
  • With the DDU team, develop a range of further training activities, e.g. lectures and on-line materials
  • Receive training in DDU specific working practices, health and safety, computational packages, etc.


Required attributes:

  • Professionally qualified with at least a Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry or related science degree
  • Demonstrable experience of training scientists in medicinal chemistry
  • Extensive experience of carrying out Medicinal Chemistry within a drug discovery project
  • A demonstrable expertise in Medicinal Chemistry
  • A strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry
  • A strong understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process
  • A strong proactive approach
  • Excellent team working skills
  • A willingness to work flexibly
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


Preferred attributes:

  • The ability to travel


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.