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Associate Scientist (Medicinal Chemisty) - United Kingdom  

Charles River (company)


Posted on : 19 May 2017

Project Description


For nearly 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

We are seeking an experienced Associate Scientist(Medicinal Chemisty) for our Discovery Services site located in Harlow, England.

The purpose of this role is to conduct synthetic chemistry tasks. The role will involve conducting duties such as carrying out reaction design, planning and setting up reactions, conducting purifications and analysing the compounds prepared. Furthermore, the job will require an awareness of Health and Safety considerations associated with conducting chemical reactions.

This job is also a learning and development opportunity. In addition to performing the general duties listed below, the candidate will begin to expand their skill set, learn about the drug discovery process and interrogate biological data for the project.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Associate Scientist (Medicinal Chemisty) position

  • B. Sc. Qualification
  • Communication skills, ability to work in a team, ability to work to deadlines, ability to plan day-to-day work, organisational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • A good understanding of synthetic chemistry. Good theoretical knowledge. IT skills.
  • Use of IT packages, word processing software (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint) and Email (Outlook).

About Discovery Services

Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet