University of Dundee

WCAIR Training Manager (maternity cover)

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Grade 8 (£41,526-£49,553)

The Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) was created in April 2017. Based within the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, and incorporating the world-leading Drug Discovery Unit, WCAIR leads in innovation to accelerate drug discovery for diseases of the developing world such as malaria, tuberculosis, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease (

WCAIR are seeking to recruit a training manager for the WCAIR Training Scheme to cover for maternity leave.  The successful applicant will take a leading role in developing, implementing and overseeing the strategy and delivery of all of WCAIR’s training activities.

A key aspect of the training programme will be providing our trainees with up to 12 month on-the-job, hands-on practical training as full team members within an ongoing infectious disease project. Developing the trainees’ own discipline (e.g. medicinal/synthetic chemistry, biology, pharmacokinetics) expertise, while providing exposure to all other aspects of the drug discovery matrix. A focus will be on participation of trainees from developing world countries with ongoing training and advice that will encompass setting up a sustainable drug discovery laboratory/centre in the trainee’s originating location. The Training Manager will work closely with a number of organisations across the world to develop collaborative relationships and identify potential trainees.

During the 9 month period of this post, the training manager will be expected to start developing a number of resources for use with the trainees while they are in Dundee but can be used on the return to their home institutions.

Applicants will have a minimum of a science degree, together with training experience gained working in a research and/or development environment, preferably within the BioPharmaceutical industry or academic drug discovery environment.

The post is available from 1st April 2020 for 9 months.

The starting salary for this post will be within Grade 8 banding (£41,526-£49,553), with the exact figure being dependant on experience.  A relocation allowance is available. 

The Training Manager will:

  • Lead the identification and selection of trainees, including nomination by collaborating centres and non-governmental organisations
  • Lead on organisation of settling the trainees in Dundee. e.g. arranging accommodation, assisting with visa applications, setting up bank accounts and utility bills
  • Coordinate the hands-on drug discovery training for experienced scientists seeking to develop their knowledge of drug discovery and to establish drug discovery centres in disease endemic countries.
  • Lead the identification and relationship building with centres seeking to develop drug discovery capabilities, particularly from developing world countries. This will involve working with a number of charitable and non-governmental organisations
  • Develop resources for the trainees, which can be used to further their training both in Dundee and at their home institution
  • Line manage a team of three discipline trainers (in target/assay biology, medicinal chemistry and DMPK)
  • Ensure integration of the training team and trainees with the ongoing DDU drug discovery projects to maximise the impact of the training

Required Attributes

• Professionally qualified with a science degree

• Demonstrable experience of:

  • Training scientists or the coordination of training programmes
  • Developing resources for training purposes
  • Understanding and appreciation of the drug discovery process
  • A strong proactive and entrepreneurial approach
  • Excellent team building and management skills 
  • Experience in planning and managing projects
  • A willingness to work flexibly to meet milestones
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred attributes:

• The ability to travel

For further information and informal queries please contact Suze Farrell,

The post is available from 1st April 2020 for 9 months.

The starting salary for this post will be within Grade 8 banding (£41,526-£49,553), with the exact figure being dependant on experience. A relocation allowance is available.

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee

The School of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 59 countries, external funding in excess of £40 million per year and outstanding research infrastructure.

Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine.

The School of Life Sciences has been consistently rated ‘5-star’ (the highest rating) by the UK national Research Assessment Exercise.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award ( which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. Dundee is also a vibrant cultural centre. Home to the new V&A Dundee, which opened in September 2018 and has received 1 million visitors in its first 500 days; the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre; Dundee Contemporary Arts; MacManus Gallery and many individual artists.

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