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.
The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (http://www.drugdiscovery.dundee.ac.uk) is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world class Life Sciences research environment.
The DDU is a globally acknowledged centre of excellence for drug discovery. The DDU collaborates with partners to translate world-class biology research into novel drug targets and candidate drugs to address unmet medical need across our two areas of activity, Diseases of the Developing World and Innovative Targets Portfolio.
The DDU works to biotech style philosophy and standards incorporating, dynamic, goal driven project management based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. Project goals are therapeutic area dependent but range from quality leads demonstrating disease model proof of concept, through to pre-clinical candidates.
We are recruiting for a highly motivated medicinal chemist with a BSc or PhD in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry. You will ideally have subsequent experience in the biopharma industry or related. The post will be primarily laboratory based and of particular interest to talented synthetic chemists and medicinal chemists who want to work in a professional drug discovery environment. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to drug discovery projects as part of multi-disciplinary teams.
The post is available immediately and salary will depend upon experience, but will be in the range £32,817 - £40,322.
Your priorities will include:
- Evaluate small molecule hits from high throughput screens, proposing early optimisation strategies to identify promising leads
- Design new compounds and libraries based upon SAR, medicinal chemistry interpretation and DMPK data
- Enable project flowchart triage including in vitro and in vivo DMPK profiling
- Synthesis, purification and evaluation of compounds across projects
- Reaction sequence scouting, proposal and implementation
- Data analysis, quality assurance protocols and evaluation of biological data
- Prepare methods and synthesis schemes for patents
- Write publications where feasible
Who we’re looking for:
- A BSc in chemistry or PhD in synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, or a related discipline
- Expertise in synthetic organic chemistry and synthetic route design
- Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
- Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and work independently
- Good time management, organisational and communication skills
- A willingness to work flexibly to meet project milestones
- Experience in the biopharma industry and an understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process would be advantageous
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.
The DDU is part of the Wellcome Centre for Anti-infectives Research (WCAIR). The DDU has produced 3 clinical candidates since 2013. Over the last 3 years WCAIR has obtained multi-million pounds in grant income to found our activities and published over 85 papers, many in top ranking journals. There is a very interactive and open culture amongst WCAIR’s 170 scientists, with many collaborations between the different groups. There are also many opportunities for sharing and exchanging ideas such as weekly seminars, pizza lunches, 6-monthly symposia and an annual retreat.
WCAIR and the DDU are embedded in the School of Life Sciences which has been consistently rated ‘5-star’ by the UK national Research Assessment Exercise. Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine. The DDU is housed in a state-of-the-art building with cutting-edge equipment and automation for drug discovery. You can go on a virtual visit of our labs here: https://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/technologies and further details for School of Life Sciences facilities https://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/technologies and support for staff https://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/join-life-sciences-dundee/research-environment-community
The Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery Division and Drug Discovery Unit operate on an external funding basis. The Principal Investigators within these units are highly successful in securing external funding for their multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative research and activities.
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.
The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.
The closing date is midnight on 5th June 2021.
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