University of Dundee

Medicinal Chemistry Trainer: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

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

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

A key aspect of the training programme will be providing trainees with up to 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.

This is a fixed term post for 12 months 

The starting salary will be at Grade 7 (£32,187 – £39,152) depending on experience. A relocation allowance is available.

The Medicinal Chemistry Trainer will:

• Help continue and develop the hands-on training programme for experienced scientists seeking to develop their knowledge of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery

• Help identify, select & mentor trainees in medicinal chemistry and carry out health & safety training to the high (industry) standards of the DDU

• Train in the use of key discipline specific computational packages and lab equipment

• Ensure integration of trainees with an ongoing DDU drug discovery project to maximise the impact of the training

• Develop a range of further training activities

Required attributes:

• Professionally qualified with at least a Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry or related science degree

• Demonstrable experience of training scientists or general non-scientific training experience

• Carrying out Medicinal Chemistry within a drug discovery project

• Strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry and an appreciation of the drug discovery process

• Strong proactive approach with excellent team working, time management and organisational skills

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred attributes:

• The ability to travel

• Training scientists in medicinal chemistry

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 School of Life Sciences has been consistently rated ‘5-star’ (the highest rating) by the UK national Research Assessment Exercise.

• The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.