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Group Leader - Drug Discovery

Hyper Recruitment Solutions
Competative for local area
Closing date
17 Oct 2023

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Biology, Biotechnology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are currently looking for a Group Leader of Oncology Drug Discovery to join a leading Pharmaceutical company based in the Belfast area. As the Group Leader - Drug Discovery you will be responsible for leading a team of Biologists focused on early stage drug discovery projects for the identification for novel Oncology therapies.

This role would suit an experience an experienced Cancer Biologist, ideally with experience of Cancer models (Primary, Organoid or Spheroid), who has worked in a Drug Discovery setting where you have identified and validate novel targets and conducted mechanism of action studies.

This is a a leadership role where you will lead an experienced team of 4 Biologists. Previous line management experience is not required but evidence of matrix management and staff supervision is a must.


Your duties as the Group Leader - Drug Discovery will be varied however the key duties and responsibilities are as follows:

1. Be responsible for leading a team of 4 Biologists. You will Motivate, lead, develop and train the team and also ensure the personal and professional development.

2. Work closely with the VP of Drug Discovery and senior leadership to decide of strategy and help grow their pipeline. You will work closely with multidisciplinary groups including Chemistry, ADME, Translational and Bioinformatic teams.

3. Work closely with CROs and collaborators to ensure the delivery of key projects.

4. Use your extensive disease biology modelling and drug discovery experience to ensure the progression of projects as well as advise on new target and new project in-licensing.


To be successful in your application to this exciting opportunity as the Group Leader - Drug Discovery we are looking to identify the following on your profile and past history:

1. Relevant degree, ideally at PhD level, in Drug Discovery, Biology, Oncology or a similar related field.

2. Proven industry experience in Drug Discovery. Ideally with a focus on early stage drug discovery such as Target Identification, Target Validation and Mechanism of Action studies.

3. A working knowledge and practical experience with Cancer models, primary tissues and cells, co-culturing, functional and mechanistic cell-based assays, Flow Cytometry, FACS as well as CRISPR screens.

Key Words: Drug Discovery | Target Identification | Target ID | Target Validation | MOA | Mechanism of Action | Oncology | Cancer Biology | Oncologist | Biologist | Cancer Models | Organoid | Spheroid | 3D Models | Cell based Assays | Functional Assays | Screening assays | FACS | Leadership | Line Management

Hyper Recruitment Solutions Ltd (HRS) is an Equal Opportunities employer who are certified by Investors in People for talent development. We therefore welcome applications for any interested parties who fulfil the role requirements for this position. HRS is a company exclusively supporting the science and technology sectors, and is made up of a collaboration of recruitment professionals and scientists. We look forward to helping you with your next career moves.


Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a specialist and highly compliant recruitment consultancy dedicated to the Science and Technology sectors.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS), founded and run by Ricky Martin and in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar, has a wealth of recruitment expertise as well as compliance and commercial awareness. We offer a range of permanent, temporary and contract staff.

Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. To do so, HRS will focus on the support of sectors whose primary focus is in making the world a better place. This could be working for a Pharmaceutical company who is developing new and existing therapeutics or an FMCG business who is making the latest consumer products in a sustainable and efficient way. We want to provide a service to those areas of actual need which will have an impact on us all.

We provide services across a broad range of industries including the following specialist sectors:

• Biotechnology
• Pharmaceutical
• Medical Device
• Clinical Research
• Food / FMCG
• Engineering
• Science

With all jobseekers we are looking to form close relationships where we can offer you the most accurate and useful advice. We intend to not only find and present the most ideal career options to you, but we want to provide advice on the entire recruitment process. We are a business who listens and advises and as shown on our website we have a clear ‘candidate commitment’ to ensure your search is in the most professional and capable hands. Some of the key areas we focus on include:

• Quality Assurance (including Qualified Persons)
• Clinical Research (all phases and therapeutic fields)
• Bioinformatics
• Research & Development
• Consumer Insight and Sensory
• Lean and Continuous Improvement
• Engineering (all disciplines)
• Manufacturing, Scale up and Technology Transfer
• Packaging and Sustainability 
• Medical Affairs
• Sales and Business Development
• Information Systems & Technology
• Executive Appointments

HRS has been awarded membership to the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies). This is to assure all clients and candidates that our processes and practices comply with all relevant government and recruitment industry regulations.

Lord Sugar, Ricky Martin and everyone at HRS look forward to working with you. Please do not hesitate to visit our website or contact us via
Telephone: 02032 255 120

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Company info
0203 910 2980
Amshold House
Goldings Hill

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