Analytical Chemist

University of Dundee - Drug Discovery Unit

Grade 7 (£31,076-£38,183) or Grade 8 (£39,324-£46,924)

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (see is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world-class Life Sciences research environment. Our remit is to complement BioPharma activities by tackling both neglected diseases (leishmaniasis, TB and malaria) and validation of novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics 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 looking for a highly motivated analytical chemist with a BSc or PhD in chemistry or another related discipline. You will be primarily laboratory-based, and will support medicinal chemistry teams, running the analytical chemistry capabilities, and developing approaches to compound characterisation and purification.

The post is available immediately. Salary will depend on experience, but will be between £31,076 and £46,924.

Your responsibilities:

• Contributing to medicinal chemistry projects, through analytical chemistry support
• Developing methods for LCMS and HPLC instruments
• Management of analytical/ preparative HPLC and LCMS systems
• Problem solving in collaboration with the medicinal chemistry teams
• Developing and improving the DDU capabilities in this area
• Preparing verbal or written reports as required

Required attributes:

• Candidates must be professionally qualified with a PhD in a chemical science related discipline or alternatively a BSc in chemistry with subsequent experience of analytical chemistry.
• A thorough understanding of LCMS/ HPLC systems, including hardware and software systems
• A high level of problem solving ability
• Demonstrated LCMS/ HPLC method development expertise
• Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
• Good time management and organizational skills
• A willingness to work flexibly to meet project milestones

Preferred attributes:

• Experience and background in Biotech, CRO or Pharma industry
• Understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee:

• The School of Life Sciences has over 1000 research and support staff from around 60 countries and external funding in excess of £100 million in 2013
• Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine
• Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is the highest-rated for Biological Sciences in the UK by the main standard of University research performance REF2014.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, has a relatively low cost of living. It lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills.

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