Senior Scientist: Medicinal Chemistry

Slough, Berkshire (GB)
Jul 25, 2019
Sep 23, 2019
Field of specialization
Organic, Pharmaceutical
Job Type
Full time

Senior Scientist: Medicinal Chemistry
UCB – Inspired by patients. Driven by science.
Help us transform patients’ lives.

About UCB

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with severe diseases. We look to transform patients’ lives by pushing the boundaries of what is possible. With us, our talent makes the most of who they are, unlocking innovation and setting new standards for patients.

Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this make a difference to the lives of people living with severe diseases?” And to find the answers, we connect globally with patients and their families living with the physical and social burdens of severe disease. These connections give us new perspectives, drive our innovation, and offer a hope for a new generation of therapies that will help to transform lives.

To strengthen our Medicinal Chemistry Group, we are looking to fill the position of: Senior Scientist.

What We Offer
An opportunity to:

  • Apply your chemistry expertise, analytical skills, communication and team working abilities to drive our innovative medicinal chemistry projects from the laboratory, as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Continuously improve knowledge and skills on synthetic/medicinal chemistry and beyond, through training and on-job learning from the execution of scientifically challenging projects with cutting edge drug discovery tools for design and synthesis of potential drug candidates.
  • Begin to establish your external scientific presence, through quality publications, patents and scientific presentations at internal and external meetings/conferences.

About the Role
You will be responsible for:

  • Providing independent scientific leadership from the laboratory.
  • Developing a broad understanding of the drug discovery process, such as intellectual property, biology, pharmacology, DMPK and toxicology.
  • Proactively facilitating the insemination of scientific and technological advancement throughout global chemistry.
  • Independently designing and skilfully executing synthetic routes to create biologically relevant complex small molecules as potential drug candidate.
  • Critically assessing program data, independently derives SAR understanding and generates critical hypotheses to address project challenges.
  • Establishing effective communication and networks within global chemistry and adjacent departments.
  • Acting as an internal ambassador for the Medicinal Chemistry Department and to contribute to its growth at UCB.

About You
You should have/be:

  • A relevant degree (i.e. in Organic Chemistry) coupled with appropriate industrial experience.
  • Excellent analytical, communication and team working abilities.
  • Accountable for your own high performance whilst constructively challenging others to achieve high performance.
  • A proven ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • A proactive self-starter, able to lead by example within a matrix organisation.
  • Well-organised, with the ability to thrive in high pressure situations.


  • Prior knowledge of medicinal chemistry is a plus but not essential.
  • Excellent synthetic chemistry expertise is highly desirable.

UCB – The Facts
With more than 7500 employees in approximately 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium which invests more than 25% of revenue in cutting-edge scientific research to meet unmet patient needs. A few other reasons that make UCB an amazing place to work:

  • Promising pipeline that includes several novel molecules and no major patent expiration in the next decade;
  • About 25% of 2016 revenue reinvested into Research & Development
  • 2016 Key Financials: €4.2 billion global revenue Specialties: Neurology, Immunology

If you would like to apply for this position please submit your CV and include a research summary, focussing on your academic achievements.