Evotec (UK) Ltd

Scientist/Senior Scientist, Discovery Chemistry

Abingdon, Oxfordshire
17 Mar 2017
16 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Evotec is a leader in the discovery and development of novel small molecule drugs with operational sites in Europe and the US. The Company has built substantial drug discovery expertise and an industrialised platform that can drive new innovative small molecule compounds into the clinic. In addition, Evotec has built a deep internal knowledge base in the treatment of diseases related to neuroscience, pain, oncology, inflammation and metabolic diseases. Leveraging these skills and expertise the Company intends to develop best-in-class differentiated therapeutics and deliver superior science-driven discovery alliances with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

As our business continues to grow we are seeking talented and highly motivated individuals for our Abingdon site to work as a

Scientist/Senior Scientist, Discovery Chemistry

Evotec (UK) Ltd is currently looking to add to the Discovery Chemistry Department.  The department is at the forefront of new science and technology and works closely with other groups, including Biology, DMPK, Research Informatics and Structural Biology, to develop novel small molecule drugs in collaboration with our internationally based clients and partners.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to the nomination of synthetic routes and performing the synthesis of agreed target molecules as part of integrated project teams
  • Adapting scientific knowledge to resolve problems encountered in achieving defined goals with assistance from line manager or other team members to meet internal and project deadlines
  • Reporting experiments using an appropriate electronic laboratory notebook and in accordance with company guidelines
  • Presenting own work at project and department technical meetings
  • Ensuring safe working practices of themselves and any direct reports and comply fully with the company safety policy (including COPs and SOPs) when performing experiments

 Responsibilities may include (depending on role and experience):

  • Contributing to the medicinal chemistry design of new target molecules as part of integrated project teams
  • Presenting own work, and on behalf of others, to clients and partners
  • Contributing to the preparation of patents and journal articles
  • Managing staff, setting personal objectives and monitoring performance

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment, knowledge of standard laboratory techniques, and understanding of the science underlying the techniques and experiments
  • Excellence in theoretical and practical organic chemistry and able to plan and execute synthetic transformations independently and with high levels of productivity
  • Experience in using multi-step organic syntheses and applying appropriate analytical techniques (e.g. NMR, Mass Spec., analytical and preparative HPLC) to deliver complex target molecules
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, cooperative and reliable
  • Good organisational and time-management skills with the ability to work accurately, with attention to detail and to agreed deadlines
  • Resilient to pressure with flexibility to adapt  to changing demands
  • Ability to work well independently, and as part of a team with good interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Computer proficiency


  • MSc or BSc degree in Chemistry, PhD in Organic Chemistry or related area

If you are interested in any of these positions, please visit Evotec’s Career Page at https://recruitment.evotec.com/home.aspx