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Senior Research Scientist - Medicinal Chemistry

Requistion ID:  1992

Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK

Date:  10-Jun-2021

Senior Research Scientist – Medicinal Chemistry

Our passion at Lundbeck is to restore brain health so every person can be their best. By developing innovative treatments, we improve the lives of people and to better do so, we are strengthening and expanding our Medicinal Chemistry team. To work effectively we are looking for a Senior Research Scientist in medicinal chemistry who is ready to accelerate our agile journey and make a real impact.



We are looking for a Senior Research Scientist to join the department of Medicinal Chemistry. As an outstanding medicinal chemist with documented results you have the opportunity to become a Senior Research Scientist in Medicinal Chemistry at the Lundbeck Research Centre in Copenhagen Denmark (DK), and join our quest for new medicines to treat Central Nervous System (CNS) diseases.  

Medicinal Chemistry is a key component of the Research organization in Copenhagen Denmark (DK), where our goal is to discover new medicines for CNS diseases. The department of Medicinal Chemistry is fully integrated encompassing the hit identification, Hit to Lead, Lead Optimisation and Candidate Selection processes.


Your job and key responsibilities

As a Senior Research Scientist in Medicinal Chemistry you will be involved in all aspects of the medicinal chemistry value chain and expected to provide scientific oversight and accept accountability of medicinal chemistry activities in assigned projects. You will be working in a strong team environment within Medicinal Chemistry and will form strong and effective collaborations with scientists from other disciplines within Research and as such, promote a culture that embraces open scientific debate and agile, accountable decision-making. Furthermore, as an experienced Synthetic Organic Chemist, you will be working on the design and synthesis of new compounds. With the current role, we are looking to augment our lead generation capabilities, and you will preferentially be working on early projects.


We offer

A unique opportunity to develop your skill set and your scientific expertise in medicinal chemistry in a leading CNS specialized drug discovery organization.


Qualifications and competencies

Our preferred candidate has the following personal and professional attributes:

  • You have 5 or more years Medicinal Chemistry experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and preferably a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
  • You have a demonstrable Track Record of impacting on Drug Discovery Projects through compound design and synthesis
  • You have extensive practical experience in hit identification including Fragment Based Drug Discovery
  • You have an excellent grasp of what constitutes a good hit and what is required to successfully conduct hit to lead campaigns
  • You have a genuine interest and experience in working with Computational Chemistry and its application in Drug Design
  • You are innovative, rigorous, and can devise and execute successful medicinal chemistry strategies
  • You use lateral thinking to solve complex problems
  • You have a thorough knowledge of the principles of Medicinal Chemistry and its multi-disciplinary interfaces
  • You can provide clear focus, influence and leadership, both within Medicinal Chemistry and across other disciplines in drug discovery projects
  • You thrive in a Team environment of shared goals and responsibilities
  • Exceptional communication skills; ability to develop, implement, and clearly communicate chemistry/project strategies to team, management and collaborators in English language


Further information

For further information, please contact Thomas Jensen, Head of Section Medicinal Chemistry on THJE@lundbeck.com or +45 30 83 49 52. Your application and CV should not be sent via email.

We also recommend that you have a look at our website.


Your application

Please click on the link below to apply for the job. Applications must be received no later than 6th August 2021 and should include a cover letter with curriculum vitae as well as the names and contact details for two referees.



Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.
Millions of people worldwide live with brain diseases, and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement, and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.
Read more at www.lundbeck.com/global/about-us/progress-in-mind
Our approximately 5,800 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs, and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and the US, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17 billion in 2019 (EUR 2.3 billion; USD 2.6 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site www.lundbeck.com, and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.