Drug Discovery Manager

Parkinson's UK

We are the Parkinson's support and research charity. Among our greatest strengths are our people, the enthusiasm of our local groups and supporters, and the commitment of our staff.

We continue to work to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. You could be part of helping us achieve this.

The Research Directorate of Parkinson’s UK is dedicated to accelerating the delivery of new and better treatments to people with Parkinson’s.  Through our Virtual Biotech programme (www.parkinsonsvirtualbiotech.co.uk) we are deploying £5M per year to fund preclinical and early clinical stage projects in biotechs and contract research organisations to bring new treatments to people living with Parkinson’s.  You will play a key role in our strategy by providing expertise in drug discovery and non-clinical development to our internal programmes and external collaborations.  The work will include:

  • Helping in the design, review and monitoring of grant programmes involving drug discovery
  • Developing high-quality drug discovery project proposals for new Parkinson’s therapeutics
  • Serving as project leader for outsourced discovery-stage projects
  • Playing a key role in external collaborations in the area
  • Providing drug discovery knowledge to strategy and planning activities of the directorate

You will have several years of experience in drug discovery as either a medicinal chemist or lead discovery/in vitro pharmacology scientist, most likely in a biotech or pharmaceutical company setting.  Knowledge of the field of neurodegenerative disease pharmaceutics, and Parkinson’s disease in particular, are strongly desirable.

For further details on how to apply, please visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/jobs and submit a CV and supporting statement demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria of the person specification.

Closing date: Midnight on 28 January 2018

Interviews will be held on 6 & 7 February 2018

Please note, only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Parkinson’s UK is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from disabled persons, including those with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s UK is the operating name of the Parkinson’s disease Society of the United Kingdom. A charity registered in England and Wales (258197) and in Scotland (SC037554).

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