Scientific Liaison Manager

University of Dundee - Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) is a fully integrated, operational drug discovery group established in 2006 at the University of Dundee to translate world-class biology research into novel drug targets and candidate drugs across a range of therapeutic areas.

In collaboration with leading Life Sciences partners globally, the DDU has established a portfolio of innovative drug discovery projects to tackle unmet medical need in diseases such cancer, inflammatory diseases, and neurological diseases. Project goals range from identifying lead series demonstrating disease model proof of concept, through to selection of pre-clinical candidates. In addition, we have co-established a national network of collaborators, including the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham, the Francis Crick Institute and the Medicines Discovery Catapult to consolidate UK capabilities and accelerate impact in the development of new therapeutics for age-related diseases.

The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards incorporating, dynamic, goal driven project management based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. To build on our leading position as a major centre of university-based drug discovery in the UK, we seek to expand our current interactions with academic, industry, NHS and charitable partners in order to deliver a stronger link between basic discovery research and Biopharmaceutical drug discovery and development.

We are looking to expand the team with a highly motivated individual capable of evaluating novel biology, principally in the areas of inflammation, cell senescence, DNA damage repair and metabolic dysfunction that underpin the multi-morbidities of ageing. Working alongside the DDU’s Business Development Manager, Head of Biology and Innovative Targets Portfolio, and existing Scientific Liaison Manager you will be required to engage with both academic and industry partners to source and evaluate potential pipeline projects and prepare project proposals for review by our Scientific Advisory Board. The role also includes supporting research grant applications and developing relationships with industry partners.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Evaluate new areas of biology to determine its potential for new therapeutics.
  • Build an understanding of pharma company areas of interest and apply this knowledge to the identification of new projects.
  • Identify and develop a pipeline of new collaboration opportunities, building relationships with academic and industry collaboration partners.
  • Produce project proposals for funding applications and contribute to project planning.
  • Work with colleagues in Oxford, Birmingham and other UK institutes to deliver collaborative projects.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations to internal team as well as academic and industry collaborators.

Required attributes:

  • PhD in a biological science related discipline.
  • Ability to rapidly comprehend and evaluate new areas of biology.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; gravitas to present science and establish new collaborations.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • Experience of planning and organising a portfolio of projects.
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet project milestones.
  • Relationship management experience.
  • Ability to travel regularly within the UK and occasionally overseas.

Useful attributes:

  • Knowledge of one or more of the target areas relevant to age-related disease: inflammation, cell senescence, DNA damage repair and metabolic dysfunction.
  • Understanding and appreciation of drug discovery.
  • A track record of identifying or initiating drug discovery projects.
  • Knowledge of UK/international biomedical research funding mechanisms and sources.
  • Experience in Biotech, CRO or Pharma industry.
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