Associate Fellow, Chemistry

Job Locations US-MO-St. Louis
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/5/2021 6:39 PM)
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Position Summary: 

Reports to the VP of Chemistry and works closely with scientific leadership of other disciplines with a strong emphasis on expertise in synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and PDM.  The Associate Fellow is responsible for setting strategy within the discipline and participating on the team with executive leadership to establish and execute on short and long-term company goals.  Additionally, this position will effectively mentor and set direction of scientific staff, development of junior and senior scientists and effective resourcing of projects with a broad portfolio view.  As a recognized scientific expert in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development, lead projects and teams guiding the expansion of research directions in line with projected industry direction.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will specialize in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry.  Essential roles, responsibilities and activities a candidate may expect to assume in this position are listed below:


  • Technology and/or project leadership for internal and external projects.  As a recognized expert in the field, ensure that critical technologies, scientific approaches, and instrumentation remain state of the art and are appropriately deployed to address key questions
  • In a matrixed environment, support the growth and development of scientists, ensure placement of scientists to maximize success, support the efforts of the team while challenging scientists to grow professionally, and lead external collaborations and outsourcing efforts
  • Responsible for the strategy, planning, resourcing and execution of internal programs and external projects from first contact through completion including managing relationships with clients, collaborators and across disciplines
  • Key member of the leadership team that sets and implements the short and long-term company strategy, direction and goals. Develop the strategy to guide internal programs to provide drug candidates and potentially support candidates towards IND approval
  • Grow the client-based business while effectively utilizing personal network to build the customer base
  • Work across lines, interface effectively with project teams and technology leaders. Manage change effectively.  Effectively communicate complex concepts to the broader organization, customers, investors, public officials and the scientific community
  • Contribute to programs through SAR analysis and SBDD, experimental design, and leading others to support internal projects, client work, and development


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. 


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 


Required Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in relevant scientific field and greater than 10 years of qualified research leadership experience
  • Demonstrated published expertise in field and recognized broadly as a scientific contributor
  • Experience in mentoring and developing scientists
  • Effective client interaction experience including proposal generation, execution and issue management

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Behaviors:

  • Demonstrated drug discovery and development experience and success
  • Demonstration of effective leadership of scientific drug discovery and/or technology teams
  • Experience working in a team setting and achieving goals in a very dynamic and demanding environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including publication, grant writing, patent writing and presentations


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