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Scientist/Research Scientist - Compound Management

08 September 2017

Heptares Therapeutics is an established UK biotech company with world-class technology in structure-based drug design applied to discovery of novel small molecules acting through GPCRs. 

The company works in collaboration with major global pharmaceutical companies on both small molecule and antibody discovery programmes, and is also developing its own pipeline of novel small molecules and peptides. The most advanced of these is now in Phase I clinical studies with others moving towards clinical development. The company is currently based in Welwyn Garden City and will be relocating to the Cambridge area in July 2018. It has approximately 100 employees, and has been operating for ten years. The size of the company ensures a transparent linkage between all activities from early discovery through to clinical development. 

As a result of recent significant investment in laboratory automation, we now seek to recruit an experienced scientist to support the development and implementation of our compound logistics workflow.  This role will work closely with Molecular Pharmacology, Chemistry and DMPK groups to provide compound handling to further optimise cycle times and manage our increasing in-house compound collection.

Ideally, candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in biological sciences or be a skilled technician with previous experience in the area of compound management. Candidates must be highly motivated, flexible scientists with the ability to multi-task. Good interpersonal skills are also essential as you will be working closely with other members of key drug discovery programmes and with scientists from other disciplines in support of our research projects.

In addition, preference will be given to candidates with prior experience of compound management in the following areas:

  • use of leading liquid handling equipment for sample solubilisation and assay plate preparation
  • regular use of internal sample databases for inventory organisation and cherry picking
  • logging receipt of CRO samples and preparation of study samples for shipping
  • liaising with project teams and bench scientists in order to facilitate screening requests
  • testing & optimisation of novel sample management I.T databases.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate proof of the right to work in the United Kingdom.

Heptares is an equal opportunities employer.
Further information about the company can be found on our website ( Applications should include a covering letter, providing a short description of the background to your interest in the role, with curriculum vitae including the names and contact details for two referees. Please send your application in pdf format, to quoting reference number 2017/2MP. 

The closing date for applications is 22 September 2017. 
Strictly no agencies.