Head of Biology (Principal Research Associate)

University of Cambridge - C.I.M.R. Division of Translational Medicine

The Alzheimer's Research UK Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute (DDI) (http://cambridge-ddi.alzheimersresearchuk.org/), part of the University of Cambridge CIMR Division of Translational Medicine, is seeking a talented neurodegeneration biology leader to join its growing team.

The Cambridge DDI is part of a network of world-class Drug Discovery Institutes funded by Alzheimer's Research UK and prosecutes drug discovery projects from target to in vivo proof of concept and beyond for novel targets in the neurodegeneration therapeutic area.

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) you will develop and lead a biology group responsible for target validation, cell and biochemical screening, target identification and phenotypic screening activities within the DDI. The Cambridge DDI has a growing portfolio of drug discovery, target validation and biomarker projects and you will work closely with the CSO and the Head of Chemistry to ensure the success of these projects.

You will be a respected, innovative research leader and will be encouraged to propose and develop internal research projects and to identify new targets and approaches to contribute to the DDI portfolio, ensuring the development of a sustainable pipeline. We welcome applicants who wish to bring ideas for projects to the DDI. The core funding for the DDI supports these planned drug discovery, target identification and validation activities.

You will have broad experience and an established track-record in the neurodegeneration therapeutic area from either academia or the pharmaceutical/biotech sector. You will have an excellent understanding of the technologies and techniques required to support translational biomedical research.  You will have a deep understanding of target validation and will have contributed to the identification of new therapeutic targets. Direct experience of drug discovery and managing multidisciplinary projects to reach project milestones is desirable.

You will have experience of leadership of a biology group and will demonstrate the administrative, leadership and communication skills required to successfully develop and manage such a group within the DDI. Moreover, skilled in networking and collaboration, you will support the DDI by working with the CSO to develop new project opportunities.

Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute

The Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the centrepiece of the largest biotech cluster outside the United States and a world class environment in which to conduct research aimed at transforming the lives of patients. It builds on our strengths in fundamental and translational neurodegeneration research, with collaborations between basic scientists, clinical groups with access to well-defined patient cohorts, imaging, neuropsychology and clinical trials expertise, and strong links with pharma and biotech in the region.

Specific enquiries about the post may be addressed to Dr. John Skidmore, CSO (js930@cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 August 2020 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/12045. This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 18 December 2016

Applications should include a covering letter, summarising interest in and suitability for the role, and a full CV.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records) check.

Please quote reference SA10666 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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