Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • Beerse


Janssen Research & Development seeks to bring innovative and effective treatments in six therapeutic areas: neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases and metabolism, infectious diseases, immunology, oncology and pulmonary hypertension. In these areas, Janssen aims to address and solve unmet medical needs through the development of small and large molecules, as well as vaccines. The Janssen campus in Beerse (Belgium) has a unique ecosystem covering the complete drug development life cycle, with all capabilities from basic science to market access on one campus. The integrated environment of our campus gives our people the chance to experience many different aspects of drug development throughout their career. It has a successful track record of over sixty years of drug discovery and development and is one of the most important innovation engines of the Janssen group worldwide.

Together with colleagues from the research sites in Val De Reuil (France) and Toledo (Spain) the Beerse medicinal chemistry group focusses mainly on developing innovative small molecule therapeutics to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, various types of cancers and infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, influenza etc. In this endeavor, the chemistry teams work closely together with colleagues from the associated Biology teams and with several internal and external partners aiming to progress the most innovative science and gain access to the latest state-of-the-art technologies and expertise. To support its research activities in the above-mentioned disease areas, the Medicinal Chemistry team is seeking to recruit new scientists into medicinal chemistry research positions in Beerse.
We are seeking an experienced Bachelor- or Master-level chemist with excellent organic synthesis skills to advance small molecule drug discovery programs toward the clinic. In this laboratory-based position, the successful candidate will partner with both internal and external medicinal chemistry teams to generate innovative solutions to synthetic and medicinal chemistry challenges within the context of small molecule drug discovery projects.
This individual must also excel in communication and have strong interpersonal skills necessary to influence in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.
Responsibilities of the Associate Scientist include:
Maintaining a high level of productivity in the laboratory setting
Developing and executing clear synthetic strategies towards complex molecules using state-of-the-art synthetic methodologies
Synthesizing drug-like molecules utilizing medicinal chemistry knowledge and an understanding of ADME, pharmacokinetics and optimal physicochemical properties
Collaboratively supporting the advancement of compounds through in vitro and in vivo studies to identify development candidates
Working on novel, testable hypotheses to enable clear decision making
Contributing to scientific strategies and goals within a project team setting
Presenting data and reports on project status at individual and group meetings
Generating data for and serving as co-author on research published in peer reviewed journals, and presenting work at scientific conferences

Bachelors or Masters in synthetic, organic, medicinal chemistry or related chemistry degree is required 
Previous experience in a relevant pharmaceutical medicinal chemistry environment is preferred.
A deep knowledge of modern synthetic & analytical techniques is required. Hands on experience with automated synthesis approaches and/or high throughput experimentation is preferred
Independent thinking and the ability to effectively collaborate in a highly matrixed environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including preparation of presentations
Experience with reaction searching databases like Scifinder and/or Reaxys
Fluent in English
• A passion for hands-on science and delivering high quality results in the lab.
• Enthusiastic scientist with can-do mentality that can proactively connect to the Medicinal Chemistry team and other relevant departments, fostering discussion and knowledge exchange.
• Good communication, organizing, and planning skills.
• Desire for continuous learning and the ability to evaluate and implement emerging areas of science.

Primary Location
Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V. (7555)
Job Function
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