Scientist: Chemistry

Pasadena, CA
Oct 04, 2021
Biotech Beach
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Company Overview: Terray Therapeutics is a venture-backed biotechnology company leveraging our vast high-quality data to optimize the path from discovery to transformative therapeutics. Our approach delivers on the promise of computation to revolutionize drug discovery. Through our closed-loop wet lab discovery platform and data-rich AI, we overcome existing constraints on chemical data by systematically mapping the biochemical interactions of massive and diverse small molecule libraries to identify novel therapeutic compounds. Access to this quantitative data at scale allows us to intelligently navigate an infinitely extensible and highly diverse chemical space to efficiently design, discover and optimize small molecule therapeutics. Our internal development programs are focused on immunology. In addition to these programs we also work with leading pharmaceutical companies.  

Our integrated computational platform, tNova, harnesses our novel affinity binding technology, tArray, unique resynthesis capabilities, and broad biology infrastructure. tArray is the foundation of our discovery engine. It enables us to screen hundreds of millions of compounds in minutes and return quantitative data on each compound. Vast, high purity, and high diversity compound libraries are rapidly iterated using best-in-class chemistry to unlock chemical insights at the scale necessary to power AI-driven drug discovery.

Position Summary: Terray Therapeutics is seeking an organic chemist to be a key part of the team responsible for development of chemistry for and execution of combinatorial library synthesis.

The candidate will be a key member of our chemistry team responsible for design, planning and execution of library synthesis. This primarily includes reaction development to expand reaction classes that work in our format and to enable incorporation of novel building blocks. Terray employs a unique, best-in-class reaction monitoring technique for analysis of hundreds of millions of individual reactions.

The chemist will also be a key member of our medicinal chemistry optimization of hits to leads to clinical candidates.  It is somewhat preferred that the candidate have some experience with solid phase synthesis and DNA-encoded libraries. The candidate will work closely with the rest of the chemistry team and head of chemistry.

Experience and Qualifications: Given the company’s size, anticipated growth and fast-paced environment, the organization requires a scientist who is thoughtful, high energy and can work effectively with the chemistry team to further enhance our next generation drug discovery capabilities. 

Part of Terray Therapeutics’ success is nurtured by a hands-on work environment where everyone is accountable, everyone is vested in a vision of excellence, and everyone actively takes part in the success of the business. Terray Therapeutics supports a positive work environment comprised of engaged employees who feel appreciated, recognized and free to be creative.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in organic chemistry


  • Master’s degree in organic chemistry or related field with 4+ years of relevant experience

  • Experience with solid phase synthesis 
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Desire to be a team player in a cross-functional environment

She/he will exhibit the ability to work well under pressure to provide results in a short timeframe. The company is looking for a highly responsive, goal-oriented individual who will bring significant energy and drive to solve complex technical problems and help us achieve our mission to advance human health.