Chemical Inventory Assistant

Reference Number: SLSC0786

Grade 4 (£19,612 – £22,417)

Closing Date:  10 November 2020

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Chemical Inventory Assistant. The post will be primarily laboratory based and will support our chemistry teams in and maintaining the >20, 000 reagents and compounds prepared in Dundee and stored in the chemistry reagent store. Working closely with the Chemical Inventory Manager you will be required to liaise with Medicinal Chemistry, compound logistics, and store personnel to ensure compounds and reagents are handled, used and dispensed as efficiently as possible.

Your responsibilities
Working with the Chemical Inventory Manager you will help with the upkeep of the DDU Chemical Inventory and solid compound store, specifically:

  • Registration of new reagents as they are delivered to the DDU and distribution to relevant chemists
  • Deletion of redundant reagents and disposing of reagents as required
  • Regular stock check of chemical inventories
  • Reorganisation of historical samples
  • Managing maintenance of solid stocks of our compounds and weighing out samples when required
  • Delivery of reagents and compounds to other locations/groups both within and outwith the DDU
  • Packing and shipping of plates to external collaborators

Required attributes

  • Evidence of a chemical sciences discipline (a degree is not essential)
  • First-rate organisational skills
  • Evidence of strong attention to detail skills
  • Excellent computing technical skills, particularly use of Microsoft Excel
  • An awareness of the workings of a chemistry laboratory
  • Some knowledge of health and safety within a chemical laboratory
  • An ability to solve problems using own initiative
  • Very strong interpersonal, communication, and team working skills with a commitment to excellent customer service
  • Self motivated and able to demonstrate a willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done
  • A readiness to work flexibly to meet role requirements

The position will be offered on an open-ended permanent basis, with funding currently confirmed until 31 March 2022.

The Drug Discovery Unit operates on an external funding basis. The Principal Investigators within this unit are highly successful in securing external funding for their multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative research and activities.

For further information about this position please contact Dr Catharine Goddard at To find out more about the DDU please visit: