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Dr Arthur Roach, Director of Research

        The Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech is a unique and revolutionary approach that seeks to accelerate the discovery of new and better treatments for Parkinson’s, by identifying and supporting promising drug discovery and development projects through stages that may be too early for other investors.

We are a small team, each with 10 or more years of industry experience. We seek out the best scientific ideas from across the world and establish partnerships that aim to create groundbreaking new treatments. 


We operate like a seed venture fund, to find and develop companies that aim to create compelling partnership opportunities for pharma and venture investors.  But since our capital comes from the Parkinson’s community, the return on investment that we seek is impactful new treatments.


If you want to apply your valuable skills in a new type of organisation, with a direct connection to helping people living with this difficult neurological condition, we have a role for you!

Drug Discovery Manager - Chemistry

We are looking for a Drug Discovery Manager - Chemistry to join our Virtual Biotech team.


You'll help us accelerate the delivery of new and better treatments for people with Parkinson’s. 

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In this role, you’ll bring expert knowledge of drug discovery principles and practices to guide the deployment of over £25m in funding through the Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech programme. As part of a small team you will evaluate new project proposals, manage our interactions with funded projects, and liaise with external partners and the Parkinson’s community, whilst maintaining professional knowledge and networks. 

You’ll lead on our funding and oversight of some of our projects and support others; including developing robust project plans with the sponsor, featuring efficient use of external resource providers (e.g. for medicinal chemistry, compound synthesis, computational chemistry, crystallography, ADME/physchem profiling, IP handling).

The ideal candidate, will have: 

  • Extensive medicinal chemistry experience with at least 5 years spent in pharma or biotech environments

  • Doctoral degree in relevant discipline (Ph.D, MD, D.Phil)

  • Expert knowledge of small molecule drug discovery principles and practices including experience of interfacing with other disciplines and out-sourcing to CROs

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present complex information in suitable formats for both scientific and lay audiences

  • Experience of neuroscience drug discovery, with preferable specialisation in neurodegeneration

Please apply by sending us your CV, together with a detailed supporting statement which will fully demonstrate how you meet all the criteria of the role, as stated in the "What you'll bring" section of the job description.


Hours per week: 35

Salary:  £60319 per year    

Location: Hybrid (Office and home based, minimum of 5 days a month in the office)