Temporary Research Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry at Vertex in San Diego, CA

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Job Description:

Temporary Contract, 12 Months

Vertex Pharmaceuticals has an exciting opportunity for a Temporary Research Scientist in the area of medicinal chemistry. Job responsibilities include preparation of both single and focused sets of small organic molecules, development of optimized synthetic methods as needed, creating and interpreting project relevant SAR, and problem solving. Candidates must demonstrate an expert understanding of organic reaction mechanism, be up to date with contemporary synthetic methods, and be able to balance rational concepts with creativity which would include development of new synthetic methodology as needed. The successful candidate will be able to work independently, be able to multi-task, be able to work collaboratively in teams, and be adaptable to changing needs. A strong desire to grow as a medicinal chemist while maintaining a passion for organic chemistry and the courage to challenge conventional wisdom are essential.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Primarily responsible for executing organic synthesis in a timely, efficient, and independent manner
  • Create and interpret SAR with a clear understanding of the biological data
  • Organize efforts to stay consistent with project priorities
  • Clearly and effectively communicate ideas and results (both verbally and in writing) to a broad range of audiences


  • Master's degree in organic synthesis
  • 7+ years of relevant employment experience
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, highly-matrixed work environment

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in organic synthesis
  • 5+ years of productive, relevant post-doctoral and employment experience
  • A desire to be part of a highly innovative company aimed at transforming the lives of people with serious diseases, their families and society

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