University of Dundee

Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation Operations Manager

Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, July 7, 2022
£53,348 - £60,022


The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 40 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

We are seeking an exceptional person to join us in the role of CeTPD Operations Manager to provide management and leadership of all the Centre’s professional services support. They will lead and coordinate the development and implementation of all operations within CeTPD, working very closely with the Centre Director, to ensure the Centre’s objectives are fully met. The activities of the post will vary and will be directed by the strategic priorities of the Centre, School and University, and will include the establishment of the Centre in new and purpose-built laboratories.
Key to the success of the Centre will be excellent management and communications. The post holder should therefore have excellent literacy, verbal and written communication skills and a background in research, preferably in life sciences. Our multidisciplinary research environment, encompasses chemistry, molecular and cell biology. Working with senior staff and members of different groups across the university is a significant part of the role. The role will also work closely with key external stakeholders including funders.
Main elements of the role include:
  • The strategic leadership and delivery of all aspects of the Centre’s technical services including grant management, procurement, health and safety, development of new standard operating procedures and deployment of existing standard operating procedures to ensure the safe, efficient and environmentally friendly operation of CeTPD laboratories.
  • Responsibility for the provision and delivery of a high-quality technical support service including laboratory management and operational support for research activities, creating, and maintaining a fully functional safe operating environment.
  • Developing, with the Centre Director, future strategy for professional and technical services within the Centre and contributing to the Centre’s overall strategic planning.
  • Preparing and presenting well-argued business cases to funders and others requesting future investment in the Centre and negotiating to secure the best possible outcomes.
  • The post holder will deputise for the School Manager in their absence.
The duties of the post outlined are not exhaustive and the post-holder will be expected to be co-operative and flexible, undertaking such other duties as may reasonably be required of a member for the effective efficient functioning of the Centre and School.
Who we’re looking for:
The role holder will be capable of taking personal responsibility and using their initiative with the ability to manage constant changing priorities and competing demands. They will possess excellent professional support and organisational skills and will also have the ability to interact well with people.  They will have experience of working in a fast moving and complex biochemistry laboratory and be familiar with typical procurement and health and safety processes.
Candidate Requirements: 
  • Educated to first degree level, preferably in life sciences or a closely related field
  • Experience in managing projects, preferable within an academic environment
  • Proven ability to create a strategic vision and organisational strategy development
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills supported by good IT skills.
  • Extremely good interpersonal, motivational, networking and influencing skills
Additional Information:
At the University we benefit from having access to a range of personal and professional development courses and training opportunities. The post holder will enjoy 39 days annual leave per year and are supported by a range of Work Life Balance policies, staff support networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Charter and Stonewall as well as a full range of disability services which all create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work. It is the diversity of our staff and students that make the University of Dundee a great place to work. 
We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.
For further information about this position please contact Owen Adams, School Manager, at or Professor Alessio Ciulli, Centre Director at
To find out more about the Centre for Protein Degradation, please visit; Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation | University of Dundee.

As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations.

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