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Associate Scientist Chemistry

Location Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands Job ID R-167032 Date posted 22/05/2023

As an Associate Scientist Chemistry you will join our Medicinal Chemistry team consisting of more than 30 chemists. You will work in the lab to purify and analyse new compounds, being part of a team that discovers and develops novel small molecule based therapies for haematological cancers.

Acerta Pharma in Oss, the Netherlands, is a European R&D center of the AstraZeneca group. As part of the significant expansion of our research activities in the Netherlands, we are in the process of building a new research center in Pivot Park with state-of-the-art research laboratories, delivery date Q1 2024. 

You will be part of a growing team of medicinal chemists who make a difference in patient’s lives. The atmosphere is informal, with a good team spirit and willingness to share knowledge/experience. We all work for the same goal! The team is looking forward to welcoming an energetic, inquisitive and hands-on colleague.

Do you live in The Netherlands and are you interested in this role? 

Associate Scientist Chemistry
Pivot Park, Oss, Netherlands

Your challenge:
As an Associate Scientist Chemist you will work with and support your colleagues in the chemistry labs to improve and maintain our efficiency in organic synthesis. Whilst reporting to your manager you will work  on the purification and analysis of new molecules, contributing to the progress of our projects towards clinical development. Together with your colleagues, you ensure that the analytical / purification laboratory remains optimal operational and safe. And very important: you enjoy carrying out this work on a daily basis!

What will you be doing?
•    Your main task is to purify and analyse new bioactive compounds, using state-of-the-art separation techniques. In doing so, you will  develop chromatographic methods for the best purification and analysis of new molecules.
•    You take an active part in overseeing our analytical / purification laboratory, making sure the instruments are up and running and maintained.
•    You will assist in solving routine and non-routine technical problems, such as maintaining the equipment in the lab.
•    You will regularly participate in AstraZeneca wide meetings, where analytical and organisational / operational questions are discussed.

What do you bring?
•    Completed  Master Chemistry with organic and / or analytical chemistry as a specialism (or equivalent). Candidates who bring a PhD level are overqualified for this role and will not be considered.
•    Minimum of 1 year practical experience with analytical chemistry / separation techniques in the field of organic chemistry, ideally including the use of UPLC/LC-MS, preparative chromatography, SFC, chiral separations. 
•    Alternatively, you have experience in the field of synthetic Organic Chemistry including experience in purification of final small molecules and a high interest in specialising further in this area.
•    Strong communication skills in English both spoken and in writing.
•    Additional attributes: you love working with sophisticated technical instruments, you have strong problem solving skills, you are a team player, eager to learn, able to pick things up quickly, work accurate. You have a can do mentality.
•    You are already living in the Netherlands or already have set plans to move to the Netherlands in the short term, within daily travel distance to our offices in Oss.

What do we offer you?
•    A dynamic, innovative and international working environment. You will be part of the development of new medicines that can make a difference in patient’s lives. 
•    The opportunity to work in a small, close-knit team, with a good working atmosphere.
•    The possibility to work together with colleagues from chemistry departments in the UK and US from AstraZeneca. 
•    Good primary & secondary benefits including 8% holiday allowance, 25 holidays on a full-time basis plus office closure between X-mas and New Year + Good Friday. Collective pension with a fixed percentage personal contribution, bonus scheme. 
•    Personal budget which can be used for vitality, home office equipment, sustainability or personal development.  
•    We offer you a one-year contract with the intention of extending this to a permanent contract after one year.

Acerta Pharma
Diverse Minds. Bold Disruptors. Meaningful Impact. 

At our international headquarters at the Pivot Park in Oss, the Netherlands, we are working to develop new treatment options for patients with specific types of blood cancer. Together with our colleagues of AstraZeneca in the US, Canada and UK we are committed to innovative drug discovery and development, especially in the field of haematological oncology. Acerta Pharma has received approval from both the US (FDA) and the European Regulator (EMA) for its small molecule BTK inhibitor for treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In addition, AstraZeneca and Acerta Pharma are collaborating on a large number of other innovative medicines to treat haematological malignant diseases.  

Our values 
Our future depends on healthy people, a healthy society and a healthy planet. We believe that these elements are interconnected, and that together we must build a sustainable future. 

We follow the science, always put patients first and we do the right thing. Moreover, we encourage entrepreneurship and we play to win. These core values guide us. At Acerta Pharma we believe in the power of diversity. Working in diverse teams is important for our joint creativity and innovative strength. Listening to and learning from each other also ensures that everyone's talent is used to the full. We encourage colleagues to learn and grow every day to maximize their talent and opportunities.

We offer an exciting, dynamic work environment, from 2024 in a brand new, high end laboratory at our very own Pivot Park.  

How to apply:
We would like to receive your English CV. For this, go to the apply button at the bottom of this vacancy. You can upload your CV and cover letter at the bottom of the second page.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, our Recruitment team (Karin Raadschelders, Caroline van Oppen) can be reached via or on +31(0)85 - 047 0244.

Acquisition by recruitment and selection agencies is not appreciated.

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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