Senior Chemist

Boston, Massachusetts
Above average base salary, performance bonus and equity elidable position
Closing date
Dec 13, 2021

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Field of specialization
Biochemical, Pharmaceutical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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Interested in improving mental health? We are seeking a Chemist to partner with some of the world’s leading researchers from Harvard and MGH in the naturals space to develop a novel set of therapies to improve mental health. You will report directly to our Head of Neurobiologist working with a team of scientists in our laboratory. This position is a hybrid position, working both and onsite in the laboratory when required.  You will be responsible for leading discovery projects, while working as an integral part of the operational and strategic direction of the company, during this time of significant company growth.  

You will pioneer a novel category of ethnobotanically-derived drug candidates for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders based on modulating neuroplasticity.  You will be part of a team humanizing CNS drug discovery with unique ex vivo patient-derived stem cell systems that can support precision medicine. You must be highly self-motivated, always professional, and able to prioritize your workload in a fast-paced, start-up environment.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead projects efficiently from initiation through completion, with a high standard and careful attention to detail.
  • Help build laboratory capabilities, particularly as related to neuronal cultures and assays within an incubator environment.
  • Manage, coordinate, and be the primary liaison for, multiple interdisciplinary research studies with select contract research organizations (CROs) and external collaborators.
  • Maintain primary responsibility for the scientific design, logistics/administrative aspects, data analysis, and figure preparation of key in vitro and in vivo studies to evaluate mechanistic efficacy of novel small molecule therapeutics.
  • Maintain accountability for timeline management and deadlines.
  • Communicate progress effectively to team members in a cross-disciplinary environment and gather scientific input from key stakeholders.
  • Contribute new ideas to the company’s programs by applying regular literature survey with critical analysis skills to solve specific research problems and summarize key issues.
  • Actively facilitate a focused, team-oriented atmosphere by providing assistance and/or guidance to colleagues when needed.
  • Support senior leadership and other team members in preparing presentation materials.
  • Maintain high standards of research integrity and rigor.

Professional qualifications include:

  • Masters Degree in chemistry, or a related field.
  • 7 to 10 plus years of demonstrated knowledge in organic chemistry, particularly medicinal or natural project.
  • chemistry domains.
  • Excellent knowledge of modern chemical separation and purification technologies.
  • Strong organic chemistry analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate new techniques, troubleshoot multi-step chemical syntheses, and independently design, analyze and interpret experimental data to recommend next steps.
  • Attention to detail and proven track record in handling, analyzing, plotting and recording experimental data.
  • Able to participate productively in discussions with colleagues at all levels and across disciplines.
  • Flexibility to rapidly adapt to changing project priorities and conduct multiple project tasks efficiently.

If you’re a flexible powerhouse and are curious about science, this is an excellent opportunity to join a company that’s growing fast and making a difference.  You must be:

  • Highly organized, with excellent judgment as well as strong project management and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to step into an unstructured world and provide that structure effectively.
  • An amazing multi-tasker with laser focus, highly intuitive, and able to anticipate the executive’s needs.
  • Able to see the big picture clearly and understand the long-term goals of the business.
  • Friendly and professional in demeanor, with exceptional interpersonal skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Excited about change as an invitation to stretch and grow.
  • Able to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Able to thrive in a dynamic work environment where policies and procedures are still taking shape.
  • Someone who enjoys opportunities to pitch in and help when necessary, even if it means shuffling your own priorities on the fly (again) and stepping outside your job description.

About Sensorium:

Sensorium is dedicated to enhancing mental well-being and improving the human experience.  We are rapidly developing a novel category of ethnobotanically-derived drug candidates for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Founded by leading thinkers in the space coming from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard, we have built a proprietary product platform to support the development of first-in-class therapeutics using cutting-edge human stem cell-based disease modeling, machine learning, and translational neuroscience. We are in this to make a difference.  If this is an area of science that you also feel passionate about, we’d love to meet you.

Sensorium provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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