Senior Scientist II (Medchem)

Exelixis Inc. Alameda , CA 94502

Posted 2 months ago

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:

Every Exelixis employee is united in an ambitious cause: to launch innovative medicines that give patients, and their families hope for the future. In this pursuit, we know our employees are our most valuable asset. After operating in the challenging biotech sector for 25 years, we have a proven track record of resiliency in the face of adversity. The success of our lead product has provided a solid commercial foundation allowing us to reinvigorate our research efforts and grow our team in areas such as Drug Discovery, Clinical Development and Commercial.

As we expand our global partnerships and further reinvest in R&D to help us discover the next breakthrough for difficult-to-treat cancers, we're seeking to add talented, dedicated employees to power our mission.

Cancer is our cause. Make it yours, too.

SUMMARY/JOB PURPOSE:

Highly skilled and motivated synthetic organic medicinal chemist. Experienced in the design and execution of multi-step organic synthesis as well as the purification, analysis and characterization of small molecule target compounds. Proficient at SAR analysis and can accurately interpret biological data and, based on that analysis, design new target compounds to optimize target activity and ADME and PK properties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Design, synthesis, purification and characterization of small molecule lead compounds

  • Troubleshoot and optimize synthetic routes

  • Effective Interpretation of biological data; biochemical, cellular, ADME, PK, PD and efficacy data, and SAR analysis

  • Drives lead optimization efforts from lead to drug candidate selection

  • Provide effective project leadership to chemistry team members

  • Participation in group, project team and departmental research meetings

  • Proper maintenance of laboratory notebooks in accordance with company policies and practices

  • Compliance with safe laboratory practices and EH&S guidelines

  • Contributes to the writing of technical documents, patents, scientific manuscripts, etc.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Management of non-Ph.D. direct reports and/or act as a chemistry team co-leader on early-stage projects.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline and a minimum of fifteen years of related experience; or

  • Master's degree in related discipline and a minimum of thirteen years of related experience; or

  • PhD degree in related discipline and a minimum of three years of related experience; or

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience:

  • Experience working with colleagues in biology and in vitro ADME groups, and proficient at analyzing the results of biological and ADME data including SAR analysis

  • Experience managing chemistry projects and teams; mentoring junior chemists

  • Experience designing and executing multi-step synthesis pathways

  • Experience using chromatographic purification techniques (flash chromatography, preparative HPLC, etc.)

  • Experience using modern analytical techniques (NMR, LC-MS, etc.)

Knowledge/Skills:

  • Strong organic and medicinal chemistry bench skills

  • Solid knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry reaction mechanisms and reactivity

  • Strong data interpretation skills

  • Demonstrates independence in the laboratory; independently creates hypotheses and designs compounds accordingly

  • Efficient use of scientific literature and chemical/scientific databases

  • Good interpersonal skills, flexibility and works well within a team environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven track record of advancing medical chemistry projects and the delivery of high quality drug candidates as evidenced by publications and/or patents

  • Has an in-depth knowledge of the functional area

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Environment: primarily working in laboratories or in office

  • Exposures encountered, such as hazardous materials, extreme cold.

  • Travel not required

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If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

DISCLAIMER

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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