Skip Navigation

Please note - In recent weeks there has been an increase in suspicious email activity from people masquerading as recruiters for AstraZeneca. These have been using very realistic looking material, imitating AstraZeneca people, involving fake offers of employment and asking for the exchange of money and credit card details. AstraZeneca will never ask for money at any point in our recruitment process. If you are approached in this way, please ignore it.

For further help and support please refer to the following:



Job Title

Job category


Search jobs by matching your skills with LinkedIn

Sign up for job alerts

Or search again

Search by city

Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Job reference: R-028611
Posted date: Jun. 12, 2018

Experienced Medicinal Chemist,

At AstraZeneca we work together across global boundaries to make an impact and find answers to challenges. We do this with the upmost integrity even in the most difficult situations because we are committed to doing the right thing. We continuously forge partnerships that help pursue world-class medicines in new ways, combining our people’s exceptional skills with those of people from all over the globe. As an Experienced Medicinal chemist in the IMED Oncology group in Waltham, MA you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. IMED (Innovative Medicines and Early Development) focuses on scientific advances in small molecules, oligonucleotides and other emerging technologies and drug discovery platforms across our focus areas.

We are global, innovation-driven, integrated biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is to make a meaningful difference to patient health through great medicines that bring benefit for patients and add value for society. We discover, develop, manufacture and market prescription medicines for important areas of healthcare, which include some of the world’s most serious illnesses: cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases.  We are driven by a shared goal to make a positive impact on the lives of patients with these serious diseases. 

In addition to our passion for the discovery of innovative new medicines, we understand the importance of flexibility in our work-life environment and we offer a wide variety of benefits, services and programs that provide our employees the resources they need to pursue not only their work goals but also their life goals.  We are dedicated to building strong research teams that embrace the diversity of talents of team members and allow the larger group to grow and learn together to accomplish our collective goal to improve human health.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

We are currently recruiting a highly qualified medicinal chemist who will be joining our fast-paced multidisciplinary oncology team.  In this role, you will provide scientific leadership within a medicinal chemistry department serving as a mentor and leader to less experienced scientific contributors. You will be accountable for: ensuring the timely delivery of high quality scientific milestones from department projects and therapeutic area objectives; driving the strategic direction of the department in alignment with department priorities and vision; and strategic planning and long-term talent development of the section including staff development in science and line roles within and across the functions by identifying training needs, rotation/secondment opportunities and gaining of cross-functional expertise.

In this role, you may have the future potential to function at the Associate Director or Sr. Principal Scientist level.  You may function as project chemistry leader or may lead major collaborations with external partners.  You may also share in leadership responsibilities within the medicinal chemistry department.

Essential Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry with >6 years of combined postdoctoral and/or equivalent research experience within the pharmaceutical industry, including experience leading teams of highly qualified personnel.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a multidisciplinary environment, providing leadership and insight in your discipline.
  • Broad understanding in all or most specialist areas within medicinal chemistry and an appreciation of how these areas contribute to achievement of the overall business objectives. The successful candidate will utilize knowledge and experience to influence strategic thinking and to develop the department to meet future business demands
  • Proven examples of innovation and clinical candidate delivery in drug discovery projects,  "cutting-edge" knowledge of own area of specialization, and experience taking a leading role in establishing best practice in that area of specialization.
  •  ‘Cutting edge’ knowledge of own area of specialization, and experience taking a leading role in establishing best practice in that area of specialization.
  • Strong track record at leading, motivating, developing and organizing personnel.
  • Thorough understanding how safety/health/environment personnel policies and procedures impact department work.
  • Strong record of recent peer-reviewed publications and/or external presentations and engagement in the external scientific community

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience as a project leader involving multi-disciplinary resource management.
  • Experience in working across modalities with both small (MW < 600) and medium-sized (MW 600-1500) molecules. 

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer.  AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.

Experienced Medicinal Chemist, IMED Oncology

Sign up for job alerts

If you would like to sign up for email job alerts for future roles with AstraZeneca or MedImmune you can do so using the form below. We will only use the details you provide below to inform you about future vacancies that match your search criteria if and when they become available. The details you provide on this page will not be used to send unsolicited communication and will not be sold to a third party.


You can select as many categories and locations as you wish.

Interested InSelect a job category from the list of options. Search for a location and select one from the list of suggestions. Finally, click “Add” to create your job alert.

  • Scientific, Waltham, Massachusetts, United StatesRemove