Scientist I / II, Medicinal Chemistry – South San Francisco or Boston
About Frontier Medicines
Frontier Medicines, located in South San Francisco, CA and Boston, MA, is a precision medicine company that has pioneered a powerful discovery and development platform designed to generate medicines against disease-causing proteins previously considered undruggable. We are deploying our technologies in chemoproteomics, covalent drug discovery, and machine learning to develop a pipeline of groundbreaking medicines against the most important drivers of disease. Frontier has been recognized as a Fierce 15 company and a C&EN Start-Up to Watch. Our lead program targets both the active and inactive forms of KRASG12C, a validated driver in a number of cancers that until recently has been undruggable. Our pipeline embodies our vision of boldly advancing science to defeat disease, starting with cancer.
About the Role
Do you want to make a lasting impact on human health? Are you passionate about your craft and enjoy it the most when you can use it together with a highly energetic and competent team to strive towards a common goal? Are you a creative problem solver who does what it takes? If so, this might be your dream job.
Frontier Medicines is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Scientist I / II Medicinal Chemistry, to join our medicinal chemistry team. This person will play a key role tackling challenging disease targets applying a variety of strategies including covalent fragment based drug discovery and the application of a novel protein degrader technology. The team is focused on the discovery of new medicines to treat cancers and other serious disorders. The successful candidate will drive the design and synthesis of lead compounds, contribute to the management of external chemistry activities, and bring practical leading-edge methods and synthetic tactics to Frontier Medicines discovery programs. This position is located in either South San Francisco or Boston.
- Apply organic and medicinal chemistry skills in the design and synthesis of novel small molecules as potential drug candidates.
- Closely follow emerging results of biological testing, ADME characterization, and other lead profiling assays; proactively propose new strategies and new target molecules to improve key drug attributes.
- Provide valuable laboratory contributions that impact discovery project(s) through route-scouting activities leading to the efficient synthesis of high-priority target molecules and/or solving critical synthetic challenges.
- Proactively help manage external chemistry efforts, providing synthetic expertise in a collaborative fashion.
- Regularly summarize results and provide progress updates to the chemistry and cross-functional project teams.
- Contribute to the writing of patent applications, study reports, and scientific publications.
- Ph.D. in organic chemistry with 0-5 years of experience in a biotech or pharma setting (Scientist I); alternatively, talented non-PhD chemists with 7+ (MS degree), or 10+ (BS degree) years of medicinal chemistry experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Strong background in complex molecule synthesis and/or methods development experience with a wide range of techniques related to multi-step synthesis, purification, and spectroscopic analysis.
- Practical understanding of physicochemical properties toward improved lead-like matter.
- Proven track record of achievements through conceptual thinking and translation to results, as demonstrated by publications, presentations, patent applications and/or industry success.
- Ability to independently identify and address complex problems in synthetic chemistry.
- Self-motivated and enthusiastic; fast learner who can identify the core project challenges and expeditiously change course as required in a fast-paced organization.
- Team player who will be able to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
- A commitment to excellence, maintaining detailed records and having superb data organization skills.
- Exceptional oral communication and writing skills.
- Must be able to start work by Spring 2020.
- Legally authorized to work in the US.