Junior Data Manager / Data Technician

Reference Number SLSC0773

Grade: Grade 5 or 6 depending on experience, please see below

Closing Date:  11 November 2020

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world class Life Sciences research environment. The DDU works on both validation of novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics areas and developing new medicines for neglected diseases (TB, malaria, cryptosporidiosis, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease). The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards, incorporating dynamic, goal driven project management. The DDU has a proven track record of partnering/licencing new drug targets with industry and delivering pre-clinical candidates for neglected diseases.

At the core of our capabilities is a world-class data management infrastructure. We are seeking a driven individual to assist with the maintenance and management of the system. This is a fantastic opportunity for the successful applicant to gain experience and expertise in the rich and varied informatics and data management systems required to support modern drug discovery.

The successful applicant will be part of the BioPharma experienced, multi-disciplinary DDU team and will report to the Data Management Team Leader who will oversee this activity.

Appointment will be made at either Grade 5 (£22,417 – £25,941) or Grade 6 (£26.715 – £32,817) on the University’s salary scale depending on skills and experience.

Main Responsibilities
  • Working as part of the Data Management Team to maintain the key IT systems within the DDU using IDBS ActivityBase, the Dotmatics suite of applications and Pipeline Pilot.
  • Support users of the systems assisting them with issues they may encounter or queries they have.
  • Perform tasks using the system requiring basic data management skills.
  • Develop basic solutions to increase functionality of the system.
  • Work as part of the data management team to implement bigger projects.
  • Report to the Data Management Team Leader and interface with different scientists in the unit.
  • Interface with University Central IT support.
Knowledge, qualifications, skills and experience

For appointment as Data Technician (Grade 5) where the successful candidate will support users, perform tasks using the system, troubleshoot issues, perform basic queries and assist with testing:

  • Excellent general computing technical skills.
  • MS Excel literacy.
  • Basic Knowledge of SQL
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent Problem solving skills
  • Good administrative skills.

For appointment as Junior Data Manager (Grade 6) where the successful candidate will perform all maintenance tasks, develop basic solutions, perform more advanced queries and assist with implementation of larger projects:

  • Intermediate Knowledge of SQL.
  • All Grade 5 Requirements
  • Advanced technical skills
  • Knowledge of software testing


  • Any knowledge of or experience in disciplines aligned to Drug Discovery would be beneficial.
  • Any knowledge of scripting or programming would be beneficial.
  • Experience working in an IT/Computing role would be beneficial.
  • Formal qualification in Computing related subject would be beneficial.
  • Training in specialist software to be provided.

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 Professor David Gray at d.w.gray@dundee.ac.uk.