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Director of Computational Chemistry, Tumor Targeted Delivery

Ort Waltham, Massachusetts, USA Anzeigen-ID R-152812 Veröffentlichungsdatum 17/11/2022

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life-changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re passionate about the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we believe we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life!

AstraZeneca’s vision in Oncology is to push the boundaries of science to change the practice of medicine, transform the lives of patients living with cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a cause of death!

To succeed in this vision, AstraZeneca are seeking a computational chemist for our Oncology medicinal chemistry department based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The successful candidate will be a professional computational chemist, with a passion for drug discovery and experience of working in drug discovery project teams within a biotech or pharmaceutical setting. You will be working closely with an established, transnational team of computational chemists within AstraZeneca working on oncology drug discovery projects across a range of modalities and will have access to innovative computational methods, such as our FEP and AI platforms, and excellent lead generation capabilities. A particular focus point of this position is the support of the TTD chemistry group in developing high potency ligands for targeted delivery, including antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) and other targeting modalities.

Key responsibilities

Setting and delivering on computational and medicinal chemistry strategies for the TTD chemistry group to impact project success at all stages from drug target identification through clinical candidate nomination of targeted therapeutics, including antibody drug conjugates.

Build a new computational chemistry group within the ecosystem of the AstraZeneca computational chemistry department and lead global efforts on ligand discovery projects spanning hit identification/screening, hit to lead, and lead optimization.

Develop binding pose hypotheses for novel chemical matter using public and proprietary X-ray/cryo-EM structures/models while assimilating project SAR in support of structure-based design efforts.

This will include structure- and ligand-based design and data analysis, extracting insight from large proprietary structural biology and SAR data sets; your contributions to molecular design will be expected to result in inventorship on patent applications.

You will work closely with scientists from other disciplines including structural biology, biophysics, ADME/DMPK and safety sciences as part of the wider drug discovery project team, and will present your work regularly to peers and senior partners.

At AstraZeneca, we value scientific innovation. Maintaining an awareness of the current state-of-the art, you will identify promising new computational methodologies or technologies that could benefit drug discovery, and will develop and implement these through internal or external collaborations, sharing best practice across AstraZeneca. You will be encouraged to publish your work regularly in high quality scientific journals and at national and international conferences.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D degree in computational chemistry or relevant field
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience working as a computational chemist on drug discovery projects in a Pharmaceutical or Biotech setting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced experience in groundbreaking structure-based drug design techniques, including docking, homology modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, and virtual screening
  • Experience with ligand-based design approaches (including pharmacophore modeling, QSAR, similarity and similarity/shape-based commercial database searching)
  • Advanced knowledge with commercial and/or open source molecular modeling, data mining software and cheminformatics tools
  • Excellent team building ability and leadership experience
  • A passion for drug discovery and an excellent understanding of medicinal chemistry concepts
  • Innovative problem-solver, with a track record of impacting drug project delivery
  • Scientific and project impact exemplified by high quality scientific publications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, team-working and time-management skills

About The Site

The Waltham R&D site is home to our small-molecule oncology research in North America and is situated within a biopharma cluster of academic research institutions, medical centers, pharmaceutical companies and biotech startups. The Boston region is consistently ranked #1 globally for biotech research, investment, talent recruitment and lab space.

The campus, also known as the Boston BioHub, is one of the largest and most dynamic life-science research hubs in the region. It is home to more than 800 scientists and experts working in different pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The site is also home to the AstraZeneca Incubator, a program that helps emerging companies advance novel and innovative healthcare solutions to meet the needs of patients. Plenty of free parking, with charging stations for electric vehicles, is available, as is shuttle service to local transportation hubs.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, we 're dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There is no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients, and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth, and development.

So, what’s next?

A place built on courage, curiosity, and collaboration – we make bold decisions driven by patient outcomes. Empowered to lead at every level, free to ask questions and take calculated risks that write the next chapter for our pipeline.

If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and passionate about the possibilities, then we are keen to hear from you!



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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