Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry

San Diego, California
Nov 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a globally recognized, research-driven, biopharmaceutical company with 70 years of history. Headquartered in Switzerland, Ferring is privately owned with over 6000 employees in nearly 60 countries. Within Ferring, the Global Drug Discovery and External Innovation (GDDEI) organization has an aggressive growth agenda to drive scientific excellence and build an early pipeline. The research focus is to discover transformational medicine and advance most promising science, internal or external, in the fields of reproductive medicine & maternal health, uro-oncology, and GI/microbiome.

People Come First at Ferring. The Ferring Philosophy places people at the heart of what we do. This guides our relations with patients, physicians, employees, and other stakeholders. We invite you to share our passion for people and the power of science.

The Ferring Research Institute was established in San Diego, California in 1996 as the company’s center of excellence for peptide research. More than 80 people work at its state-of-the-art research facility located in the heart of the Southern California biopharmaceutical community.


The candidate will bring strong organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry and/or medicinal chemistry expertise to the department of discovery chemistry and contribute to small molecule drug discovery project strategy and its execution.  She/he will lead from the lab front potentially managing additional CRO resources in synthetic chemistry/medicinal chemistry. The candidate will work with multidisciplinary research teams from in vitro/in vivo pharmacology, CADD, DMPK, Tox and CMC to achieve project goals.


  • The candidate will develop scientific leadership especially in area of medicinal chemistry through project execution within a multidisciplinary setting, in combination with internal and external training and by keeping up current literature.
  • The candidate is expected to design small molecules and execute their potentially challenging synthesis to explore their biological activities as potential drug candidates. She/He will provide technical leadership in synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry and often direct external CRO resources.
  • Strong collaborative teamwork skills are required to work with multidisciplinary scientists from in vitro/in vivo biology/pharmacology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and structural biology/chemistry.
  • This position requires strong oral and written communication skills.
  • It is a requirement of this position to contribute to a safe and effective working environment and hold high standard in occupational safety.
  • Act as an ambassador for discovery chemistry internally and externally, and to contribute to its growth through participation in recruitment of external talent and development of internal colleagues.


  • PhD in organic chemistry, synthetic chemistry, or medicinal chemistry, with 0-5 subsequent years of experience in the field. Postdoc experience is not required but highly desirable.
  • Proficient in all aspects of modern synthetic chemistry with in-depth understanding of molecular interactions
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A proactive self-starter with strong organizational and analytical skills with a strong team work spirit, able to lead by example within a matrix organization.
  • Well-organized and strong resilience, with the ability to thrive in high pressure situations.

We are proud to be an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer.  EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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