Research Technician – Compound Management

Job Reference: SLSC0949
Salary:Grade 5 (£22,847 – £26,341)

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The Drug Discovery Unit is a fully integrated, Biotech-style drug discovery operation with a remit to complement Biotech/Pharma activities by tackling early-stage small molecule drug discovery across a range of therapeutic areas. We work to Biotech philosophy and standards, incorporating dynamic, goal driven project management based on target product profiles and compound selection criteria. Our projects and skillsets cover all aspects of early drug discovery, from hit identification, through lead optimisation to candidate selection. Our experienced team, many of whom have a background in Biotech/Pharma, works in a state-of-the-art building with cutting-edge equipment and automation for drug discovery. Take a virtual tour https://wcair.dundee.ac.uk/public-engagement/projects/touring-a-virtual-lab/

We are currently looking for a highly motivated Research Technician to be part of the Compound Management team in the DDU. The role of the team is to support projects by compound handling for biological screening and chemical synthesis. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in industry-style drug discovery within an academic setting. You will be working with skilled and experienced scientists at the cutting edge of drug discovery in first class facilities.

The post is available immediately. Salary will depend on experience, but will be up to a maximum of £26,341. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in industry-style drug discovery within an academic setting.

Your responsibilities:
  • Providing high quality compound management and plate chemistry support for multiple drug discovery teams
  • Working with liquid handling robots – preferable Tecan and Labcyte instruments or equivalents
  • Working with sophisticated data handling software
  • Maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Working collaboratively with members of the Drug Discovery Unit, academia and industrial collaborators to support drug discovery programs
Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Your Qualifications:

  • Advanced qualifications in a biology, chemistry, engineering or computing or equivalent experience.
  • A demonstrated ability to work in an organised manner and to standard operating procedures is essential
  • A track record of working with automation would be an advantage but is not essential as training will be provided

Behavioural Requirements:

  • An ability to communicate information efficiently orally or in written form.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • An ability to work effectively in teams is required
  • Demonstrable evidence of being proactive and adaptable to rapidly changeable circumstance is essential
  • To show initiative to relation of planning your own daily tasks
  • To take ownership of your work

WCAIR and the DDU are embedded in the School of Life Sciences which has been consistently rated ‘5-star’ by the UK national Research Assessment Exercise. Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine. You can go on a virtual visit of our labs and further details for School of Life Sciences facilities  and support for staff .

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 University of Dundee embraces diversity. We have family-friendly policies, staff support networks for BME, disabled and LGBT+ staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services to create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

Dundee lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and the Scottish Highlands less than an hour away. The city has lots to offer with fantastic attractions such as the striking V&A Dundee, the Dundee Rep, Dundee Contemporary Arts and more. Read more about the rewarding work and life environment in Dundee.