Principal Chemist

Reports To: Chief Scientific Officer

Main Roles & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Scientific Officer, and working closely with colleagues across the research team and the whole organisation, this role will require a PhD scientist with substantial experience including work at a strategic, operational and team leadership level. You will be a significant contributor to the development of scientific strategy and portfolio management, and you will contribute to decisions about new compound chemistry, chemistry research, clinical and pre-clinical compound synthesis and formulation, as well as in-licensing opportunities.

In particular, you will:


  • Design and lead the chemistry elements of each programme in the Carrick portfolio
  • Contribute to the selection of CRO organisations and academic collaborators
  • Advise and support data collection, sample collection, QC and regulatory processes with regard to chemistry
  • Interact with formulation and CMC team members to ensure smooth transition from research to development chemistry with ongoing collaborative relationship to ensure project delivery success

Team Leadership

  • Lead and supervise other inputs directly from the chemistry team

Strategy and Portfolio

  • Participate, in an expert role in the development of the research strategy.
  • Contribute to the assessment of in-licensing decisions and acquisitions into the Carrick Therapeutics portfolio, including due diligence reviews of the chemistry package for each potential new asset.

Position Requirements

The Principal Chemist should have a profile that is closely aligned to the following.

  • PhD with a relevant thesis, plus first degree in chemistry or biochemistry
  • Demonstrable track record of achievements, enabling the progression and development of compounds in pharmaceutical/biotech organisations
  • Ten plus years’ experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry or post-doc, with significant organisations
  • A comprehensive understanding and deep appreciation of the entire project cycle from discovery, through pre-clinical and clinical development
  • Experience of, and a track record in identification of candidates for drug nomination
  • Ability to contribute to the development of compounds through formulation and CMC
  • Ability to work effectively and achieve results in a multi-site organisation; co-operating with Carrick colleagues, external consultants, CROs and other stakeholders
  • A positive, constructive and team-oriented work style, able to operate through influence and effective communication, and able to engage others around common goals
  • Well organised, self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • High energy, commitment and willingness to align to the values of the business

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