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

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Job Description:

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 mechanisms, 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. The ideal candidate would possess a strong desire to grow as a medicinal chemist while maintaining a passion for organic chemistry, high attention to detail, enjoys reading and learning about the industry, and the courage to challenge conventional wisdom. Additionally, ideal candidates would possess a basic knowledge of patents.

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
Attend project meetings and contribute intellectually


  • Master's degree in organic synthesis
  • 5+ 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
  • 1-3 years of productive experience
  • The ability to think beyond the obvious and grow as a chemist
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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