Junior In Vitro DMPK Scientist

Job Reference: SLSC1013

Salary: Grade 6,  £27,116 – £33,309

Closing Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

The Drug Discovery Unit (DDU) is a fully integrated drug discovery operation based within a world-class Life Sciences research environment. Our remit is to complement BioPharma activities by tackling both neglected disease drug discovery (leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, TB, Cryptosporidiosis and malaria) and validating novel drug targets across a range of therapeutics areas. The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards incorporating, dynamic, goal driven project management based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. The project goals are therapeutic area dependent but range from quality leads demonstrating disease model proof of concept, through to pre-clinical development candidates.

We are seeking a personable and enthusiastic individual to take up the post of junior Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics (DMPK) in vitro scientist within the DDU. The successful applicant will work within the DMPK in vitro team in the DDU to provide in vitro DMPK assay support, contributing to drug discovery projects from the hit discovery phase through to lead optimisation and candidate selection.

You will have a minimum of a pharmacology related degree. Experience in drug discovery DMPK gained working in a drug discovery research and/or development environment, preferably within the BioPharmaceutical industry would be an advantage.

Your priorities will include:
  • Work within the DMPK in vitro team to provide in vitro DMPK assay support to all drug discovery programmes
  • Help evaluate, develop and implement novel assays as required to build unit capability
  • Carry out data analysis and relevant quality assurance
Who we’re looking for:

Essential requirements:

  • Professionally qualified with at least a pharmacology or related science degree or HND
  • Experience in laboratory working practises
  • A strong proactive approach
  • Excellent team working skills
  • A willingness to work flexibly
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Desirable requirements:

  • Knowledge of DMPK and understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process would be an advantage
  • Experience of carrying out in vitro DMPK support within a drug discovery or development project would be an advantage

This position will be offered on an open-ended permanent basis. The Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery Division and Drug Discovery Unit operate on an external funding basis. The Principal Investigators within these units are highly successful in securing external funding for their multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative research and activities.

As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations.

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.