Senior Scientist – Automated Synthetic Chemistry

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Website Affinity Executive Search

Affinity Executive Search

Company : Affinity Executive Search

Country: United States

Location : San Diego, California

Post: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 04:02:49 GMT

Expires: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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We are looking for a highly motivated Senior Scientist in automated synthetic chemistry to join our team. In this role, you will lead the synthesis of medicinal chemistry compounds for our clients. This is a client-facing role, hence, you will need to have sufficient soft people skills for client management and chemistry technical skills to understand client chemistry needs. You will leverage automation and software to perform closed-loop chemical synthesis, purification, and testing to accelerate drug discovery. In addition, you will work cross-functionally within engineering and software teams to continue the development of the automated chemistry platform. This entails experimental execution, troubleshooting, method development, process optimization, and evaluating and implementing new synthetic routes and technologies. Other responsibilities of the role include some operation of automation and fulfillment of customer requests.


Be well versed in state of the art synthetic chemistry and medicinal chemistry

Lead a team to execute and optimize synthetic routes for deployment on automated infrastructure

Perform multidimensional analysis of reactions and automation data. Iterate next innovations based on data

Expand the reaction toolbox through the development of new synthetic methodologies

Implement process improvements of a chemical compound to biological data workflow

Collaborate with cross-functional groups in engineering, product, and scientific applications


Effective management of client relationships with regard to chemistry synthesis requests. Set clear expectations. Monitor and report progress

Encourage sharing of diverse perspectives during technical discussions

Strong people skills and the ability to thrive in a team and goal-driven environment

Excellent verbal and written communicator

* A challenging environment that will push you to grow and improve professionally, every day
* Opportunities to learn new technologies and fields, along with the freedom to work on hard technology and real science
* To work on one of the most advanced automated chemistry platforms on the planet
* Competitive salary and meaningful equity
* 401k matching
* Flexible vacation policy
* Medical, dental, and vision insurance
* Monthly gym stipend
* Lunch & unlimited snacks when in office
* Professional development budget



A Ph.D. degree in chemistry with 5 or more years of synthetic organic chemistry/medicinal chemistry industrial experience. Chemistry CRO experience would be an advantage

Demonstrated commitment to individual laboratory productivity in a fast-paced environment

Experience with chemical materials sourcing, procurement, and management

Experience working as part of a diverse team

A passion for implementation and development of new automation and software technologies for chemistry and drug discovery


Deep interest in learning robotic automation, advanced synthetic and analytical techniques including LCMS and NMR, and scientific software development

Experience working with automated chemical synthesis platforms such as ChemSpeed or Zinsser including method modifications and troubleshooting of hardware

Experience in computer coding would be a plus

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