University of Dundee

Medicinal Chemistry Trainer

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,883)

We are seeking an enthusiastic and personable individual to take up the post of Medicinal Chemistry Trainer within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU). The Drug Discovery Unit ( at the University of Dundee is a fully operational, Biotech style, integrated drug discovery organisation that bridges the gap between academic research and pharmaceutical development. The DDU works across multiple therapeutic areas with 95 dedicated drug discovery experts, with competencies across all aspects up to preclinical development.

The DDU is part of the newly established Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR), University of Dundee (see WCAIR builds on world-leading work at the University, including within the DDU, to find new drugs to treat diseases of the developing world such as malaria, tuberculosis and leishmaniasis.

As part of the training programme, the successful applicant will help provide trainees with on-the-job, hands-on practical training within a laboratory environment, to enable them to become full team members within an ongoing DDU drug discovery 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 encompassing setting up a sustainable drug discovery laboratory/centre in the trainee’s originating location.

You will work with WCAIR’s training team to develop, and implement the strategy and delivery of the training portfolio, with a focus on Medicinal Chemistry.

You will have a minimum of a science degree, together with experience of training and mentoring (e.g. students, new starts and junior staff) within a laboratory environment gained working in a drug discovery research and/or development setting, preferably within the BioPharmaceutical industry.

The post is available immediately.

The starting salary for this post will be within Grade 7 (£31,604 – £38,833) depending on the experience of the candidate. A relocation allowance is available.

The Medicinal Chemistry Trainer will:

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

Required attributes:

• Professionally qualified with at least a Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry or related science degree
• Demonstrable experience of training scientists (e.g. students, new starts and junior staff) in medicinal chemistry within a laboratory setting
• Extensive experience of carrying out Medicinal Chemistry within a drug discovery project
• A demonstrable expertise in Medicinal Chemistry
• A demonstrable strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry
• A demonstrable 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:

To apply on-line click here.

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.