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Director, Biochemistry

Reference Number: 3019
Location: MA

Our client is a growing oncology pharmaceutical company.  They have asked us to assist them in their search for a Director, Biochemistry.

The Director, Biochemistry will lead a small group contributing biochemistry and biophysical expertise to all stages of small molecule drug discovery programs.  This individual should possess strong leadership skills and core competency in modern biochemical and biophysical techniques.

Major tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Provides vision, leadership and integration for the biochemistry function to support target identification, target validation and small molecule drug discovery programs.
  • Provides biochemistry perspective as part of a strong multi-disciplinary drug discovery team that includes computational chemistry, structural biology, medicinal chemistry and cell biology expertise.
  • Coordinates and integrates ancillary functions such as compound management, automation and data analysis.
  • Manages scientists with special emphasis on scientific mentoring and career development.

We seek candidates with the following qualifications:

  • PhD in biochemistry or a related discipline and at least 10 years of relevant experience in a biopharmaceutical setting is required.
  • Experience successfully applying appropriate biochemical and biophysical platforms to support hit characterization, MOA elucidation and SAR development; experience with kinases highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in all stages of small molecule drug discovery; experience in the area of oncology preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience functioning within a strong multi-disciplinary team, utilizing cross-functional information, such as structural and cell biology data, to optimize the biochemical work flow.
  • Experience in the management and development of scientists.
  • Demonstrated experience in complex problem solving through in depth analysis of data and situations.
  • Demonstrated experience working with contract research organizations and academic collaborators.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, a demonstrated ability to lead and motivate others, and enthusiasm for participating in a fast-paced environment characterized by rigorous science and innovative thinking.


Do you have the skills and experience we seek and want to advance your career with one of the world’s leading companies? If so, please email your resume as a Word attachment to us, reference 3019. No calls or faxes, please. Include your daytime phone number and we will contact you confidentially or reply to your email.