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Section Head Medicinal Chemistry

Roche AG

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Section Head Medicinal Chemistry

Section Head Medicinal Chemistry

Switzerland, Basel-Town, Basel

As a Section Head you will be accountable for driving medicinal chemistry strategies in the therapy area of Neuroscience / Ophthalmology / Rare Disease providing expert scientific input to all ongoing drug discovery programs and target assessments in the medicinal chemistry section to deliver high quality candidates to our pipeline.


You will provide medicinal chemistry oversight to a team of chemists to set projects priorities and direction for medicinal chemistry activities ranging from early target assessment phase through to clinical candidate selection. As part of this line management responsibility, you will be accountable for motivating, developing and retaining talents and appropriately rewarding outstanding performance in your teams.


As part of the Medicinal Chemistry Leadership Team you will influence the strategic and tactical direction of the medicinal chemistry department. You will also lead emerging cross-disciplinary scientific initiatives related to drug discovery. You will be responsible for communicating project updates and decisions to the senior management team.

  • Who you are
    You’re someone who wants to influence your own development. You’re looking for a company where you have the opportunity to pursue your interests across functions and geographies. Where a job title is not considered the final definition of who you are, but the starting point.

    We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in Chemistry or equivalent, with 10 years of drug discovery experience and a strong track record and extensive medicinal chemistry experience, preferably in the area of Neuroscience. You will bring:


    • a detailed understanding of the drug discovery process, disease biology and target landscapes.
    • broad experience of structure and ligand based drug design.
    • an appropriate understanding of computational tools to effectively interact with computational chemists and provide strategic and tactical guidance on medicinal chemistry tools for the future
    • strong leadership skills to inspire  and influence effectively in a matrix environment
    • strong interpersonal skills to lead direct reports, peers and stakeholders
    • strategic thinking, change management experience and a passion for continuous improvement and learning.

  • Who we are
    Basel is the headquarters of the Roche Group and one of its most important centres of pharmaceutical research. Over 8,500 people from approximately 90 countries work in Basel, which is one of Roche`s largest sites. Read more.

    Roche is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Job facts
    • Location Switzerland, Basel-Town, Basel
    • Function Research
    • Subfunction Chemistry
    • Schedule Full-time
    • Job level Manager with Direct Reports
    • Job type Regular Employee
    • Division Roche Pharmaceuticals
    • Posted since 2017/11/27
    • Job-ID 3427232348
  • Get in touch
    Cristina Varela +41 61 687 25 27

    Work location: Basel