Scientific Liaison Manager

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Salary: £43,414 – £51,805 (Grade 8)

Closing date: 7th November 2022


In collaboration with leading Life Sciences partners globally, the DDU has established a portfolio of innovative drug discovery projects to tackle unmet medical need in diseases such cancer, inflammatory diseases, and neurological diseases. Project goals range from identifying lead series demonstrating disease model proof of concept, through to selection of pre-clinical candidates. In addition, we have co-established a national network of collaborators, including the Universities of Oxford and Birmingham, the Francis Crick Institute and the Medicines Discovery Catapult to consolidate UK capabilities and accelerate impact in the development of new therapeutics for age-related diseases.

The DDU works to Biotech style philosophy and standards incorporating, dynamic, goal driven project management based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. To build on our leading position as a major centre of university-based drug discovery in the UK, we seek to expand our current interactions with academic, industry, NHS and charitable partners in order to deliver a stronger link between basic discovery research and biopharmaceutical drug discovery and development.

We are looking to expand the team with a highly motivated individual capable of evaluating novel biology across a broad range of therapeutic indications. Working alongside the DDU’s Business Development Manager, Head of Biology, and Innovative Targets Portfolio team you will be required to engage with both academic and industry partners to source and evaluate potential pipeline drug discovery projects and prepare project proposals for review by our Scientific Advisory Board. The role also includes supporting research grant applications, building relationship with academic and industrial partners and supporting the running of drug discovery projects.

Your priorities will include:
  • Evaluate new areas of biology to determine the potential for new therapeutics
  • Build an understanding of pharma company areas of interest and apply this knowledge to the identification of new projects
  • Identify and develop a pipeline of new collaboration opportunities, building relationships with academic and industry collaboration partners
  • Produce project proposals for funding applications and contribute to project planning
  • Work with collaborators to build novel and collaborative drug discovery projects
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations to internal team as well as academic and industry collaborators
  • Project management and leadership of early-stage drug discovery projects
  • Input into strategy for Innovative Targets Portfolio
Who we’re looking for:
Required attributes:
  • PhD in a biological science related discipline
  • Ability to rapidly comprehend and evaluate new areas of biology
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; gravitas to present science and establish new collaborations
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Experience of planning and organising a portfolio of projects
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet project milestones
  • Relationship management experience
  • Ability to travel regularly within the UK and occasionally overseas (1-2 times a year)
Preferred attributes:
  • Experience in Biotech, CRO or Pharma industry
  • Understanding and appreciation of drug discovery
  • A track record of identifying or initiating drug discovery projects
  • Knowledge of UK/international biomedical research funding mechanisms and sources
  • Large network of academic/industry partners

The successful applicant will be part of a BioPharma experienced multi-disciplinary team of >100 people in the DDU.

The University of Dundee embraces diversity. We have family-friendly policies, staff support 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 to create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations and received the Athena Swan Silver Award in 2018 which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups. As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities.

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