|Placed On:||2nd February 2023|
|Closes:||16th February 2023|
We are seeking an experienced medicinal chemist and drug discoverer to be Head of Chemistry in the Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) at the University of Dundee. This is an exciting position to develop new small molecule medicines to treat a range of indications, with particular emphases on: infectious diseases affecting Low and Middle Income Countries; and innovative targets in a range of human diseases.
This is a substantive leadership post in a highly collaborative environment. The successful applicant will be part of the DDU Executive Team, which steers and leads the organisation.
Established for 16 years, The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) in the School of Life Sciences (www.drugdiscovery.dundee.ac.uk/) is a unique, university-based, fully integrated, Biotech-style drug discovery operation with an annual turnover of ~£12M and 130 dedicated scientists, many with a Biotech/Pharma background.
The unit has purpose-built laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment for drug discovery and expertise in assay design, high-throughput and high-content screening, molecular pharmacology, medicinal, computational and analytical chemistry, DMPK and efficacy models. We develop molecules up to and including pre-clinical drug candidates.
Our Innovative Targets Portfolio addresses novel targets in cancer, inflammation and neurodegeneration, leading to licencing deals and spin-out (about 30% of our activity). The DDU has leading scientists, state-of-the-art technologies, purpose-built laboratories, and key therapeutic expertise in a range of diseases.
What this post offers
This post offers the successful applicant an opportunity to have a very significant leadership role in a unique discovery team, with opportunities to guide delivery of drug candidates across a variety of disease areas and to introduce innovation into the drug discovery process. In particular, it provides an opportunity to deliver drug candidates for major global diseases.
The post is available immediately and will report to the Head of the DDU. The salary is dependent on experience.
Roles and Responsibilities
The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.
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