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Analytical / Separation Scientist (Scientist/Research Scientist Grade)

09 March 2018

Heptares Therapeutics is an established UK biotech company with world-class technology in structure-based drug design applied to discovery of novel small molecules acting through GPCRs.

The company is developing its own pipeline of proprietary molecules, and works in collaboration with major global pharmaceutical companies on both small molecule and antibody discovery programmes. The most advanced of these are now in clinical studies with others moving towards clinical development.

The company is currently based in Welwyn Garden City but will be moving to a brand new research facility at Granta Park (Cambridge) in July 2018.  Heptares has been operating for over ten years and has approximately 130 employees who will all be based in this new research facility. The size of the company ensures a transparent linkage between all activities from early discovery through to clinical development.

As a result of the increased activities in building our own pipeline we now seek to recruit a highly motivated analytical chemist to join the analytical and compound purification team within our medicinal chemistry department. The individual should have a relevant background in analytical chemistry and preferably experience of state-of-the-art reverse phase purification systems. The candidate should be flexible and be able to adapt to meet team requirements. The role will involve both analytical and preparative separation aspects within our HPLC, UPLC-MS and SFC-MS capabilities. In addition to this, the individual will help support our compound/ sample quality control as part of the overall compound management process. The successful candidate would receive full training in the specific systems used at Heptares.

For the right candidate, the role provides an opportunity to work with senior scientists to develop and apply best practice in a rapidly growing company on scientifically challenging issues at the cutting edge of discovery and development of new medicines.

We are seeking candidates whose profiles will include:

1)    a minimum 2.1 degree in Analytical Chemistry (or closely related discipline)
2)    relevant experience is desirable but not essential; comprehensive training will be provided;
3)    being highly motivated and enthusiastic to learn new skills and techniques to contribute to the ongoing discovery research;
4)    being proactive and responsive to the challenges of the role, working within the broader medicinal chemistry department;
5)    excellent communication and interaction skills and demonstrated capability to operate in a proactive, collaborative and entrepreneurial biotech culture; and,
6)    being able to clearly communicate both verbally and in written reports in English.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate proof of the right to work in the United Kingdom.

Heptares is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications should include a covering letter, providing a short description of the background to their interest in the role, with curriculum vitae including the names and contact details for two referees. Please send your application in pdf format, to quoting reference number 2018/3C. The closing date for applications is 3rd April 2018.

Strictly no agencies.