Senior Analytical Chemist

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
06 Feb 2017
08 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Astex Pharmaceuticals is a world leader in innovative drug discovery and development.  The company has successfully applied its proprietary Fragment-Based Drug Discovery platform to generate multiple new drug candidates that are progressing in clinical development.  Astex continues to grow and focuses on Oncology and Neurological Disorders.  We have opportunities at our Cambridge, UK, Research Centre for experienced and innovative scientists, wishing to develop their career in a thriving multidisciplinary, industrial environment


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Contributing in depth knowledge of analytical methods and separation science, the successful applicant will work as part of a small molecule analytical chemistry team directly supporting the medicinal chemistry group. You will join project teams with scientists from other disciplines to ensure the highest quality science at Astex.


  • Enhancing the analytical chemistry facility by optimising and upgrading existing techniques/ evaluating and implementing new techniques where appropriate
  • Bespoke method development for preparative separations (1mg to 50g scale) and purity analysis
  • Provide support, education and advice for the medicinal chemistry group
  • System maintenance, both directly and through service engineers


  • Extensive experience as a technical specialist in analytical chemistry/ separation science preferably with experience of equipment purchase
  • Thorough knowledge of HPLC, UPLC and single quadrupole MS techniques applied to chiral and achiral compounds
  • Experience with SFC, GC and physicochemical property measurements would be an advantage
  • Familiarity with drug-like chemicals and the ability to understand chemical structures
  • An innovative approach to problem solving
  • Effective communication with other analytical experts, medicinal chemists and DMPK scientists

We offer excellent training and career development opportunities as well as a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Closing Date: 19th March 2017

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter quoting the job reference: AC/0117 to

For information on Astex Pharmaceuticals please visit: and for information on Otsuka Pharmaceuticals please visit:


We are recruiting for a number of roles some are permanent and some are for 2-3 year fixed term contracts depending on qualifications and experience

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