Head Chemistry (m/f/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Research & Development
Job ID:  36957


If you’re passionate about changing lives for the better, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. In Research & Development, we’re continuously exploring innovative new treatment options to make a stronger, more positive impact on the lives of the patients we serve. You’ll work with talented colleagues in a state-of-the-art Research & Development environment, developing innovative medicines that change the live of patients for the better and help us make progress towards our vision of a world free of pain. Join us today, and discover the difference you can make.


What the job looks like
Each day you'll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • You provide inspirational and proactive  leadership of Drug Discovery Chemistry (Medicinal Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry and Computational Chemistry) from lead generation through to candidate selection
  • You are responsible for creating and executing a chemistry strategy for drug discovery that ensures the delivery of high quality clinical candidates
  • You are accountable to provide expert functional input to create, advance and deliver a project from target idea to successful proof-of-concept clinical trial
  • You develop strong design solutions to medicinal chemistry challenges in drug discovery
  • You regularly assess developments in the field beyond classical small molecules like e.g. oligonucleotide therapeutics and identify areas for future investment relevant for drug discovery in pain
  • You are responsible to monitor and optimize performance and motivation of internal and external providers to maximize output for the research programs


What you'll bring to the table
To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • You have several years of industry experience in small molecule drug discovery, including experience in other modalities like PROTAC, oligonucleotide therapeutics, etc.
  • You have a strong track record of scientific innovation in medicinal chemistry and success in delivering high quality clinical candidates 
  • You have proven expertise in Synthetic Chemistry/ Medicinal Chemistry/ Pre-clinical Development ranging from target identification to PoC
  • You have a strong knowledge in chemical biology and proven experience of when to use various chemical modalities in drug discovery
  • You are truth seeking and delivery focused, a driven/passionate scientist with strong focus on creating value, problem solving and making things happen
  • You are a can-do person who can take a hands on approach driving projects forward



About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, privately-owned pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focussing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 29 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in more than 100 countries. In 2020, Grünenthal employed around 4,500 people and achieved sales of € 1.3 bn.

Your HR contact:
Simona Frings

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