Scientist – Medicinal Chemistry

Scientist – Medicinal Chemistry
Cancer Research UK - Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories

Location: Cambridge, UK
Contract: Permanent, full time
Closing date: Midnight 31st October

Cancer Research UK's Therapeutic Discovery Laboratories (CRUK-TDL) is the in-house CRUK drug discovery unit with a principal focus on establishing and prosecuting biologically-themed multi-project alliances with industrial partners. Based at the Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, and the London Bioscience Innovation Centre, CRUK-TDL comprises nearly 100 staff from both industrial and academic backgrounds.

We bring together the best minds in basic and clinical cancer research, the diligence and drive of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and our in-house drug discovery and alliance management capabilities to deliver breakthrough medicines for cancer patients.

Our laboratories house the personnel and state of the art equipment required to progress projects from initial hypothesis through to selection of candidate drugs for regulatory development. We couple this with a deep understanding of academic and industrial drivers, enabling us to build alliances that satisfy the curiosity of basic research and the rigour of drug discovery.

We seek to recruit an enthusiastic laboratory-based medicinal chemist to join our team at the Babraham Research Campus. To view a full job description please click here:

To be considered for the position, you must have the following skills and experience:

Recently qualified at PhD level in synthetic organic chemistry, or educated to BSc/MSc level with 1-2 years relevant medicinal chemistry experience
Excellent laboratory skills in organic chemistry
Expertise in synthetic chemistry route design
First-rate analytical, communication and team working abilities
Candidates should have a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry. This is a laboratory-based role, where the main responsibility will be to design and synthesise target molecules for drug discovery projects. We expect applicants to be team players who are highly motivated to learn and share their knowledge with the team.

At CRUK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse workforce will help us to beat cancer sooner. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us on

Please note, our head office is relocating from Islington to a new office space in Stratford, close to the Olympic Park

Application Instructions: 

Please submit your CV and cover letter through our career’s pages.

Application Closing Date: 
31 October