Research Assistant - Research Associate I, Medicinal Chemistry

South San Francisco, California
May 15, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Purpose

As a member of the Theravance Biopharma medicinal chemistry team, you will be responsible for the design and synthesis of a variety of new small molecule candidates on one of our exciting interdisciplinary drug discovery programs.  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
  • Work closely with their supervisor to 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


  • BS or MS in Chemistry
  • At a minimum, some practical laboratory experience in synthetic chemistry – ideally 1-2 years
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multi-step synthesis
  • 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