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Senior Scientist in Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry

Location Gothenburg, Västra Götaland County, Sweden Job ID R-196403 Date posted 02/04/2024

Are you an experienced Synthetic Organic Chemist with a passion for applying your skills in Medicinal Chemistry? Do you envision your future in drug discovery, creating and developing novel drug molecules? If you have experience and desire to apply cutting-edge techniques and strategies to make the drugs of the future to help patients with unmet medical need, then this is an outstanding opportunity for you!


As a Senior Scientist, you will be actively involved in AstraZeneca’s portfolio of drug projects using your compound design, synthesis, data generation, and data interpretation skills. You will have the opportunity to further develop your medicinal chemistry and drug discovery knowledge alongside the experts in our department. Your work will be performed in a highly cross-disciplinary environment, and you will also be part of external collaborations, publish scientific papers, present and represent the department externally.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Ph. D. degree in Organic Chemistry/Synthetic Chemistry/Medicinal Chemistry or Master of Science with a few years’ industry experience in synthetic/medicinal chemistry.

  • Strong synthetic chemistry knowledge: ability to plan, prioritize and perform work independently, including synthetic route design and problem solving.

  • Scientific curiosity and creativity: ability to identify, develop and apply new technologies and ways of working.

  • Great awareness of recent literature as well as current developments and trends in medicinal chemistry and organic synthesis.

  • Highly self-motivated and capable of analysing complex data and deciding on focused course of action.

  • Excellent teamwork, collaboration, networking, and communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate your work both to senior leaders and in scientific papers and documents.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Experience of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery in an industrial setting

  • Experience of both small molecules and PROTACs

At AstraZeneca, we follow the science to explore and innovate. We thrive in a place where the brightest and most curious minds come together in our inclusive environment. Our Early Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) Medicinal Chemistry Department is a critical player in the design and discovery of drug molecules. We are proud of our heritage of successful delivery of clinical candidates to human testing, leading to new medicines for patients. Here, we work agnostic to molecular modality and have expertise in small molecules, PROTACs, peptides, oligonucleotides, and drug conjugates.

Join us at AstraZeneca's dynamic R&D site in Gothenburg, Sweden, where we work seamlessly as one. Expanding our horizons, we unite the best from academia, biotechs and the industry. It's by coming together and leveraging our diverse, global knowledge that we can create the greatest and swiftest impact on disease.

Are you ready to push the boundaries of science? Apply now!

Welcome with your application no later than 17th April, 2024.

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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