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Principal Scientist, Synthetic Chemistry


This is a Full-time position in Waltham, MA posted April 7, 2021.

Job Description: As a senior synthetic chemist have the ability to drive compound design through the utilization of synthetic expertise for a given project directed toward successful project progression and candidate drug deliveryDrive progress and implement improvements in synthetic chemistry for the design and delivery of candidate drugs Ensure robust synthetic routes for all proposed molecules Foster a close collaboration with medicinal chemistry to enhance design through synthesisSuccessfully establish new scientific initiatives as relates to synthetic chemistryEvaluates scientific or technical opportunities, while targeting optimal resultsSeeks external benchmarks for functional excellenceReaches beyond immediate knowledge to influence resultsActively participate/contribute to lab work for a given projectEffectively work with Process Chemistry to ensure a seamless transition after identifying the candidate drugAs a synthetic chemistry lead, assist the chemistry leader and the project leader in the development of strategic, scientific, and technical strategies for a given projectHelp contribute and expand Alkermes’ culture of “hypothesis driven” science through synthesisEstablishes consistency in solving complex, technical problems Creates and tests complex hypotheses Demonstrates situational leadership and creative problem solving Be a scientific and strategic resource for local chemistry management as relates to new ways of working in synthetic chemistryInitiate and manage external collaborations to enhance internal projects, capabilities and company recognitionHelp drive relevant publication strategy and deliveryBe a role model in behaviors for Alkermes’ way of working Act in accordance with all Alkermes’ policies for personnel, EHS, etc.Minimum Education & Experience Requirements:  A Ph.D.

with at least 8+ years’ pharmaceutical experience and an accomplished track record of delivery for drug discovery projects Technical Expertise Requirements: Recognized expert in modern synthetic chemistry approaches and principles that contribute to successful delivery of drug discovery projects Actively participated in programs that delivered compounds into the clinicLead author on scientifically reviewed publicationsPresented at professional conferencesHelped manage CRO chemistry teams of 4 or more people Inventor on published patentsUnderstanding of overall drug discovery process and how to impact from synthetic chemistry perspectiveStrong technical communication and collaboration skillsEffective leadership skillsEffective communication skills i.e.

must have ability and judgment to communicate appropriate informationAble to propose and implement scientific ideasPersonal Attributes Needed:  Excellent interpersonal, leadership, communication, and time-management skills are essentialAlkermes, Inc.

is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.  Alkermes also complies with all work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Alkermes is an E-Verify employer.#LI-AB1