Biologist (Grade 6)

University of Dundee - Drug Discovery Unit

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) (see is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world class Life Sciences research environment. Its remit is to complement BioPharma activities by tackling both neglected diseases (trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis and malaria) and early stage small molecule validation of novel targets & mechanisms across a range of potential 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 currently looking for a highly motivated biologist to be part of a BioPharma experienced, multi-disciplinary team in the DDU. The post is available immediately and would suit a recent graduate/post-graduate looking to develop a career in drug discovery. Salary will depend on experience, but will be up to £31,604. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in industry-style drug discovery within an academic setting.

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing relevant assays to support drug discovery projects.
  • Screening and profiling novel compounds.
  • Working in an organised manner and to standard operating procedures.
  • Carrying out data analysis and relevant quality assurance protocols.
  • Working collaboratively with members of the Drug Discovery Unit and academic or industrial collaborators to support drug discovery programs.

Your qualifications:

  • A first or second degree in biochemistry, pharmacology or other relevant biological discipline.
  • Competency in a range of assay techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience of working in drug discovery is highly desired but is not essential.
  • An ability to be proactive, productive and to work effectively in teams is required.

Dundee, set on the east-coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. Rainfall charts show this is one of the sunniest and driest places in the UK.

For informal discussion about the post please contact Dr David Gray, tel: (01382) 386247 or e-mail:

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role: