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Associate Director, Med Chem

San Francisco, California
180K - 200K
Closing date
Sep 23, 2023

The Opportunity

The heart of insitro’s strategy is the combination of novel, cutting edge methods in machine learning, biology at scale and small molecule discovery that address key bottlenecks in the drug development pipeline. To  accomplish that, we are putting together an incredible team of highly talented drug discovery scientists who want to make a difference to these important problems. In this key role, you will help build the Medicinal Chemistry group and Drug Discovery department.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Guide medicinal chemistry efforts in projects as lead chemist and/or project team leader
  • Work cross-functionally to drive drug discovery projects through different stage gates towards clinical development candidates
  • Lead chemistry CRO efforts (iv) deeply engage cross-functionally to evaluate new targets towards drug discovery efforts
  • Explore new approaches to utilize machine learning in drug discovery

You will be joining a growing biotech startup that has long-term stability due to significant funding, but yet is very much in formation. A lot can change in this early and exciting phase, providing many opportunities for significant impact. You will work closely with a very talented team, learn a broad range of skills, and help shape insitro’s culture, strategic direction, and outcomes. Join us, and help make a difference to patients!

About You

  • PhD in synthetic organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry with 7+ years of industry experience in drug discovery
    Demonstrated track record of leadership advancing projects through all different stages of drug 
    discovery up the preclinical development candidate
  • Proven leadership capabilities in cross-functional teams as project team leader or chemistry leader
  • Track record of innovation and impact on projects through peer-reviewed publication and/or patent applications
  • High level of creativity and productivity towards solving drug discovery problem solving skills
  • Extensive working knowledge of drug discovery principles and techniques beyond medicinal chemistry
  • Deep knowledge of various screening efforts like DEL, fragment and virtual screening and necessary follow up requirements
  • Experience managing scientific collaboration and CRO resources
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills across multi-functional teams
  • Intellectual curiosity to push the boundaries of drug discovery

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