Lead Chemist, Medicinal Chemistry - Leuven

Vacancy information

Publication date:March 12 2021
Employment type: Permanent
Sector: Biotechnical
Function Group: R&D

Function Group: R&D / Chemistry Scientist


For a company that acts as a catalyst for technology and drug discovery programs, we are looking for a Lead Chemist, Medicinal Chemistry. This organisation is active in acquiring external assets from academic and biotech groups, as to further develop the basic science into a concept that is valuable for patients. In this position you will be managing multiple Chemists, while at the same time managing your own projects in all chemistry aspects of drug discovery and development.


As the Lead Chemist, Medicinal Chemistry you will be part of the Medicinal Chemistry department, consisting of hands-on chemists, Project Leaders Medicinal Chemistry and the Head of Chemistry. Within this position you will have multiple Chemists reporting to you, while you will be directly reporting to the Head of Chemistry. You will bring your experience in medicinal chemistry to independently push project through the full discovery/development process (incl. IP, ADME, etc). To achieve this you can expect the support of a team of 2-10 hands-on lab chemists. Furthermore you will be responsible for one or more Project Leaders, who each have their own projects. You will use your experience to guide and mentor them and thus to secure the successful outcome of their projects. Last but not least you can expect a close interaction with the Business Development department for due diligence and acting as specialist for possible collaborators.


To be successful in this position, you will recognise yourself in the following skill-set:

  • PhD in Chemistry/Pharmacy or similar in experience
  • Strong experience in organic synthesis of small molecules
  • Proven industry experience in Medicinal Chemistry
  • You have several years of experience in an industry setting or drug discovery institute
  • You have a proven track record in managing other medicinal chemists
  • You are a strong communicator


You can find yourself an environment where you can full independency in your Medicinal Chemistry efforts. You will find yourself in a position where you can increase your team leadership skills, set the full scientific chemistry strategy and at the same be involved with the business aspects. You will find yourself in an environment where each project is based on new cutting-edge research and thus highly variable. Furthermore you can expect permanent contract, a competitive salary and extra benefits.


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Aron Berhane
Principal Associate | Biotech & Pharma




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