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WCAIR Medicinal Chemistry Trainer

University of Dundee - Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Location: Dundee
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd August 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Job Ref: SLSC0918

The Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) Training programme is seeking a personable and enthusiastic individual to take up the post of a Medicinal Chemistry Trainer. WCAIR builds on world-leading work at the University of Dundee, including within the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU), to find new drugs to treat diseases of the developing world such as malaria, tuberculosis, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease (

The WCAIR Training programme is developing a range of educational activities to support scientists from low-middle income countries working in drug discovery.  These activities range from training programmes delivered in Dundee, online content (both live and pre-recorded) and delivering short courses. 

A key aspect of the training programme is designing appropriate training programmes for trainees, with a mix of online theoretical content and on-the-job, hands-on practical training. The training will develop the trainees’ expertise in medicinal chemistry, while providing exposure to all other aspects of the drug discovery matrix.

There is an expectation that there will be ongoing training and advice that will support the development of sustainable drug discovery research in the trainee’s originating location. Ensuring training is transferable to the trainees’ home laboratories is essential.

From 2022 we hope to be able to return to delivering short courses in countries where collaborations have been established. You should expect to undertake 1 international visit for teaching per year

The post is available immediately. Salary will depend on experience but will be in the range £33,309 – £40,927. You will be offered an open-ended contract.

The Medicinal Chemistry Trainer will:

  • Help continue and develop the hands-on training programme in drug discovery for experienced scientists seeking to develop their knowledge of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery
  • Help identify and select trainees in medicinal chemistry
  • Mentor and train in key aspects of medicinal chemistry within a drug discovery project
  • Carry out health and safety training, to the high (industry) standards of the DDU
  • Train in the use of key discipline specific computational packages and laboratory equipment
  • Ensure integration of trainees with an ongoing DDU drug discovery project to maximise the impact of the training
  • Develop and deliver a range of further training activities, e.g. lectures, workshops and on-line materials
  • Receive training in DDU specific working practices, health and safety, computational packages, etc.

Required attributes:

  • Professionally qualified with at least a Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry or related science degree
  • Demonstrable experience of:
  • Training scientists or general non-scientific training experience
  • Carrying out Medicinal Chemistry within a drug discovery project
  • A strong knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry
  • A strong understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process
  • A strong proactive and flexible approach to work
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to travel

For further information about this position please contact the WCAIR Training Manager, Suze Farrell, .

The University of Dundee embraces diversity. We have family-friendly policies, staff support networks for BME, disabled and LGBT+ staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services to create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.  We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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