University of Dundee

Cell Biology Team Leader

Drug Discovery Unit
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Closing Date: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
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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 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced biologist to join our drug discovery team. The appointee will be involved in leading a team of up to 8 cell biologists and contributing to the early stage drug discovery tactics and strategy within our Innovative Targets Portfolio. They will be responsible for developing integrated approaches to derisk new biology by developing high quality chemical tools, developing the long term infrastructure to support cutting edge cell biology, together with managing a team of up to 8 cell biology scientists.

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (see is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world class Life Sciences research environment. The DDU works on both validation of novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics areas and developing new medicines for neglected diseases (TB, malaria, cryptosporidiosis, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease). The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards, incorporating dynamic, goal driven project management. The DDU has a proven track record of partnering/licencing new drug targets with industry and delivering pre-clinical candidates for neglected diseases.

Required Attributes:

  • Candidates must have a PhD in a biological science related discipline, or alternatively a BSc in a biological science with subsequent substantial experience.
  • Experience in line managing scientists.
  • Ideally a candidate would have experience of both drug discovery and managing a cell biology team, however we would accept candidates with a significant track record of working in one of the following areas only:
    • drug discovery projects, in particular in multidisciplinary interactions between biology, pharmacology, computational/structural biology and medicinal chemistry and be able to evidence their influencing strategy or tactics applied to advance a project.
    • cell biology, particularly in integrating or developing new approaches or methods.
  • Candidates will have a track record of answering research questions by applying multiple complementary techniques and approaches by engaging with external experts.
  • Candidates will have an interest and drive to translate primary biological research findings into new drug discovery projects.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to take the initiative.

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The post is available for an immediate start. The appointment will be made at Grade 8 or Grade 9 of the University's salary scale (between £41,526 - £59,135) depending on experience.

For further information about this position please contact Professor David Gray at To find out more about the Drug Discovery Unit please visit our website.

The Drug Discovery Unit operates on an external funding basis. The Principal Investigators within this unit are highly successful in securing external funding for their multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative research and activities.

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 and external funding in excess of £40 million per year.
  • 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.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. Dundee is also a vibrant cultural centre. Home to the new V&A Dundee, opened in September 2018 and already hosting its 500,000 visitor; the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre; Dundee Contemporary Arts; MacManus Gallery and many individual artists.

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