|Placed On:||22nd March 2023|
|Closes:||20th April 2023|
We are seeking an experienced medicinal chemist and drug discoverer to be Head of Medicinal 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 emphasis on infectious diseases affecting Low and Middle Income Countries and innovative drug 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. Our activities cover the entire early drug discovery pipeline, from target validation to pre-clinical candidate selection. Together with our Pharma and Product Development Partners, the DDU has delivered 5 compounds into the clinic, contributed to 6 spin-outs, and has a rich portfolio of programs at the lead-optimisation and hit-to-lead stages.
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. Take a virtual tour, https://wcair.dundee.ac.uk/public-engagement/projects/touring-a-virtual-lab/
The DDU has an international reputation for its work on neglected infectious diseases and is a key component of the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at Dundee (about 70% of our activities). Our Innovative Targets Portfolio focuses on novel targets in cancer, inflammation and neurodegeneration, leading to licencing deals and spin-outs (about 30% of our activity). The DDU has leading scientists and key therapeutic expertise in a range of diseases.
What this post offers to you
This post offers the successful applicant a very significant leadership role in a unique and internationally recognised 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.
Role and Responsibilities
The DDU has 45 chemists working in multi-disciplinary teams across the five DDU portfolios. Your role will be to ensure they have the passion, skills, equipment and methods to deliver the portfolio objectives and ultimately preclinical candidates. You will work closely with the heads of other disciplines and the portfolio leaders to ensure integration across the disciplines to maximise successful delivery of projects and to overcome challenges encountered. You will not be afraid to critically appraise current processes and change the status quo to ensure the DDU remains a global leader in drug discovery.
The post is available immediately and will report to the Head of the DDU. The salary is dependent on experience. Please see the job description for more detail.
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