University of Dundee

Research Technician (Maternity Leave Cover)

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Grade 5 (£22,017 - £25,482)

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (see is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world class Life Sciences research environment. Its remit is to complement BioPharma activities by tackling both neglected diseases (Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis and Malaria) and early stage small molecule validation of novel targets & mechanisms across a range of potential therapeutic areas. The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards incorporating, dynamic, goal driven project management based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. The project goals are therapeutic area dependent but range from quality leads demonstrating disease model proof of concept, through to pre-clinical candidates.

We are currently looking for a highly motivated research technician to be part of the Compound Management team in the DDU. Salary will depend on experience, but will be up to £25,482. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in industry-style drug discovery within an academic setting.

Your responsibilities:

• Providing high quality compound management support for multiple drug discovery teams

• Working with liquid handling robots

• Working with sophisticated data handling software

• Maintenance of laboratory equipment

• Working collaboratively with members of the Drug Discovery Unit, academia and industrial collaborators to support drug discovery programs

Your qualifications:

• Advanced qualifications in a biology, chemistry, engineering or computing

• A demonstrated ability to work in an organised manner and to standard operating procedures is essential

• A track record of working with automation would be an advantage but is not essential as training will be provided

Behavioural Requirements:

• Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

• An ability to work effectively in teams is required

• Demonstrable evidence of being proactive and adaptable to rapidly changeable circumstance is essential

• To show initiative to relation of planning your daily tasks

• To take ownership of your work

This role will require the person to be physically fit as manual lifting is involved; and prepared for occasional cold room working.

The position is available from 1st June to cover a period of maternity leave of 12 months in the first instance.

Dundee, set on the east-coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. Rainfall charts show this is one of the sunniest and driest places in the UK.

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