Associate Scientist – Analytical Chemistry

Posted 2 weeks ago

Our Chemistry group has an opportunity for an Associate Scientist in Analytical Chemistry at the Cambridge UK research site, following expansion of our drug discovery programmes. As part of a team responsible for analytical LC-MS, as well as preparative HPLC and automated flash chromatography instruments, you will primarily support medicinal chemists in the purification, characterisation and physical chemistry profiling of organic molecules, and help ensure their quality prior to biological evaluation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Routine application of analytical and purification techniques, including HPLC (incl. chiral), mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and automated flash chromatography, to support purification, quality, structural and physical chemistry profiling (e.g. LogD, solubility) of small organic molecules
  • Calibration, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of analytical and compound purification equipment, including open access instruments
  • Ordering of chromatography solvents and consumables, and assisting with general upkeep of chemistry laboratory as required
  • Accurate documentation of all experimental work in electronic lab notebooks and databases
  • Presentation of work at meetings where necessary (virtual and face to face) with both internal and external colleagues
  • Contribution to preparation of patents and reports as required
  • Maintaining awareness of literature and developments in analytical chemistry, and contribution to technology advancement
  • Work in accordance with company policies, adhere to safe working practices and maintain a safe work area

About the candidate

You will have a BSc/MChem/MSc degree in chemistry or closely related discipline, and/or relevant technical experience within an industrial chemistry environment. RSC membership is preferred.

In addition, you will have:

  • Demonstrable practical and theoretical knowledge of analytical and purification methodologies used in synthetic organic chemistry, particularly HPLC, mass spectrometry and automated flash chromatography
  • Good problem-solving ability, combining personal knowledge of analytical methods and techniques, with the ability to find and apply solutions from elsewhere
  • Familiarity with relevant IT and informatics tools to enable data collection, analysis, record keeping and reporting
  • Enthusiastic, reliable and conscientious attitude
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in collaboration with others in an inter-disciplinary environment
  • Capacity to deal with tight deadlines and changing priorities
  • Ability to take own responsibility for continuous personal development

We offer talented and motivated individuals’ excellent opportunities to develop their career within a creative, supportive and multidisciplinary team environment. Plus, a benefits package that includes a competitive salary (in line with qualifications and experience), bonus, pension, private medical cover and life assurance.

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

To apply, send your CV and a covering email to hr@vernalis.com by 15th July 2020.

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