Skilled in drug discovery and development? Progress your career in Scotland

We’re at the forefront of cutting-edge, globally recognised drug research and development. And whether it’s diabetes, neuroscience, oncology, cardiovascular or metabolic medicine, working in Scotland means you are too.

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Drug Discovery

Scotland is a fantastic place to further your career. Our growing drug discovery and development industry provides ample commercial and academic employment prospects for you to explore.

The complete value chain of drug development provides exciting opportunities in everything from early stage drug discovery and medicinal chemistry to bespoke formulation and manufacturing.

Did you know we’re home to over 150 companies delivering solutions to the drug development sector? In Scotland you can be part of innovative companies working on innovative technologies for drug delivery, diagnosing and treating cancer, and producing cell lines expressing novel human antibodies, in addition to those producing new antibiotics.

Some of the globally competitive companies operating here include ProStrakan, CXR Biosciences, Cyclacel, IOMET Pharma, Novabiotics, Nucana and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

High-tech facilities and academic excellence

In Scotland, you’re supported by an extensive knowledge base of first-rate industrial technology and universities with exceptional links to the wider industry.

We’re setting the standard for excellence. Our translational bioparks like the Edinburgh BioQuarter, where a leading teaching hospital sits side-by-side with academic centres of excellence and a cluster of leading life sciences companies, give you the edge and ability to carry out research at the very highest level.

You can also take advantage of our high-tech facilities, including:

  • BioCity Scotland, which specialises in compound management and logistics
  • TC Biopharm's new GMP manufacturing facility in Glasgow
  • CMAC (Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation) in Glasgow

Top universities and pioneering research

If you’re interested in working in academia, Scotland offers top universities and research institutes like Strathclyde University’s Institute for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, and Edinburgh University’s Division of Pathway Medicine – home to the pioneering research centre exploring the mechanisms of human disease at a molecular level.

You’ll also have the chance to work collaboratively with academia and industry. Some of our past joint successes include cloning adult mammals, modelling human functions and novel imaging techniques and materials.

In Scotland, you’re in esteemed company. Some of our key academics in the industry include Professor Sir Philip Cohen from the University of Dundee and Professor Roland Wolf, Director of the Biomedical Research Centre at the University of Dundee and Honorary Director of Cancer Research UK Molecular Pharmacology Unit.

Expand your career in Scotland

If you’re inspired by cutting-edge drug discovery and development, Scotland is the place for you.

Use your specialised skills in exciting areas like the structure and function of biomolecules, pre-clinical contract research, tissue provision for pre-clinical drug development and supply chain logistics. And that’s just the beginning.

Be a part of something truly revolutionary. Expand your career in drug development right across the country.

Search for science jobs in Scotland.