Research Associate – Research Associate II

South San Francisco, California
Mar 19, 2018
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Job Purpose

As a member of the Theravance Biopharma medicinal chemistry team, you will be responsible for the design, synthesis and optimization of a variety of new small molecule candidates on one of our exciting interdisciplinary drug discovery programs.  The successful candidate will be able to interpret biological data and make proposals to influence the direction of the medicinal chemistry strategy.  We offer a stimulating, challenging and productive discovery environment with a strong commitment to developing the medicinal chemistry skills of our people. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Synthesize, purify and characterize novel drug-like compounds
  • Organize and prioritize workload to meet timelines
  • Independently, analyze biological data, and propose new targets and chemical routes for synthesis
  • Communicate results, ideas and proposed plans informally and in meetings
  • Work collaboratively within a dynamic team environment to achieve project goals


  • MS in Chemistry
  • 2-6 years of experience in synthetic chemistry
  • Demonstrated expertise in multi-step synthesis and compound purification
  • Ability to propose synthetic routes to target molecules and interpret broad aspects of medicinal chemistry
  • Knowledge of common spectroscopic and analytical techniques (NMR, MS, HPLC)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, flexibility and the ability to work well within a team environment