University of Dundee

Chemical Inventory Assistant

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Friday, November 24, 2017
Grade 4 (£18,777 - £21,585)

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (see is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world-class Life Sciences research environment. Our remit is to develop potential new medicines to treat serious diseases tackling both neglected diseases (leishmaniasis, TB and malaria) and validation of novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics areas.

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised chemical inventory assistant. The post will be primarily laboratory-based and will support our chemistry teams in organising and maintaining the >20,000 reagents and compounds prepared within Dundee and stored in the chemistry reagent store. Working closely with the Chemical Inventory Manager you will be required to liaise with medicinal chemistry, compound logistics and store personnel to ensure compounds and reagents are handled, used and dispensed as efficiently as possible.

The post is available immediately. Salary will depend on experience, but will be on the Grade 4 salary scale.

Your responsibilities:

Working with the chemical inventory manager you will help the upkeep of the DDU Chemical Inventory and solid compound store. Specifically:

• Registration of new reagents as they are delivered to the DDU and distribution to relevant chemists.
• Deletion of redundant reagents and organising disposal of reagents as required.
• Regular stock check of chemical inventories.
• Reorganisation of historical samples.
• Managing maintenance of solid stocks of our compounds and weighing out samples when required.
• Delivery of reagents and compounds to other locations/groups both within and outwith the DDU.
• Packing and shipping of plates to external collaborators

Required attributes:

• Evidence of basic knowledge of a chemical sciences discipline (a degree is not essential).
• First-rate organisational skills.
• Evidence of strong attention to detail skills.
• Excellent computing technical skills, particularly use of MS Excel.
• An awareness of the workings of a chemistry laboratory.
• Some knowledge of health and safety within a chemical laboratory.
• An ability to solve problems using own initiative.
• Very strong interpersonal, communication and team working skills with a commitment to excellent customer service.
• Self-motivated and be able to demonstrate a willingness to go the extra mile do get the job done.
• A readiness to work flexibly to meet role requirements.

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

• The School of Life Sciences has over 1000 research and support staff from around 60 countries and external funding in excess of £100 million in 2013
• Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine
• Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is the highest-rated for Biological Sciences in the UK by the main standard of University research performance REF2014.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, has a relatively low cost of living. It 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.