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Drug Discovery Careers

This drug discovery careers board lists job opportunities in drug discovery, including for project team leadership, R&D, and management roles in medicinal chemistry, in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, and drug development. You can also read more about how to get a job and how to build a career in drug discovery below.

Careers

La Jolla, CA, US

Associate Director/Director

Iambic Therapeutics, Inc.


La Jolla, CA, US

Senior Research Scientist

Iambic Therapeutics, Inc.


Waltham, MA, US

Associate Principal Scientist

AstraZeneca


Copenhagen, Danish Capital Region, DK

Principal Scientist

Lundbeck


Copenhagen, Denmark, EU

Research Scientist

Lundbeck


US

Principal Scientist

Perpetual Medicines


France, Paris, EU

Head

Aqemia


Boston, MA, US

Senior Scientist

Stablix, Inc.


Boston, MA, US

Head

Psivant Therapeutics, Inc.


San Diego, CA, US

Principal Scientist/Senior Principal Scientist

Light Horse Therapeutics


New Haven, Connecticut, US

Project Leader

Arvinas


Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

Principal Scientist / Associate Director

Nuvalent, Inc.


Redwood City, CA, US

Senior Director

Revolution Medicines


Seattle, Washington, US

Chemist / Biologist / Computational Chemistry

Vilya


Waltham, MA , US

Sr. Scientist

AstraZeneca


Boston, MA, US

Head

Takeda


South San Francisco, California, US

Associate Director / Senior Principal Scientist

ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Cambridge, Massachusetts, US

Director

Third Harmonic Bio


South San Francisco, California, US

Director

Merck


South San Francisco, California, US

Distinguished Scientist

Genentech


Two Men

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How to Get a Job in Drug Discovery

How do you become a drug hunter? After working in the industry ourselves and talking to thousands and thousands of biotech and pharma R&D leaders, here are the three most important characteristics of a great drug discovery hire:
  • Be somebody others want to work with
  • Demonstrates extraordinary expertise in at least one area
  • Demonstrates sincere interest in the role
Be somebody others want to work with
Drugs are discovered by a community of researchers, not individuals. It takes a village to make a drug! Whether you work at a small biotech, a large drug company, an investment firm, or even academia, you'll need to work with other individuals to make great things happen. While individuals are often celebrated as heroes in the media, everybody in the industry knows that every great drug is the result of teamwork, teamwork, teamwork.
It's impossible for anybody to know everything about anything nowadays. In order to succeed in an area as technically complex as drug discovery, you need a team of people who are all experts and who work well together. If you want to become a drug hunter, you have to be somebody that others want on their team. That means being somebody who offers to help others, being somebody who is honest and candid, being somebody who is positive and passionate about their work, and just being somebody who's pleasant to be around!
Demonstrate extraordinary expertise in at least one area
Drug discovery is incredibly technically complex, so each person on a drug discovery team has to carry their weight in at least one area of expertise. Nobody can know everything about anything, but you should prove that you can become an expert in at least one thing. Olympic athletes often find success later in their careers because they've learned how to get really really good at something. If you demonstrate that you can be a world leader in any super niche topic, whether it's how to make single enantiomers of molecules, or how to run one particular biological assay that nobody else understands, that's a great start!
Obviously, the more relevant your field of expertise is to pharmaceutical drug development, the better! Organic synthesis, biochemistry, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, and pharmacology have all traditionally been important fields to the industry, though the industry is becoming more flexible in what kinds of backgrounds are sought out initially.
Demonstrate sincere interest in the role
The easiest way to flunk an interview is to look bored. People want to work with people who want to be on their team! When applying for a role, it's great to already have in mind what you want out of it and why you're applying. Nobody likes to hear that you “just need a job.” Your future team members want to know why you think they're special, and why when you join their team you're going to be an equally happy camper. If you love what you do and you can't wait to join a company, it will radiate!
Study the companies that you're applying to, be selective with the teams you interview with, and really focus on areas that you think you'll really shine in. It'll set the tone from the moment you walk into the door and everybody will be able to tell.

Building a Career in Drug Discovery R&D

Many of the same principles that apply in finding a job to begin with also apply and building and growing a satisfying career in drug discovery research and development. Initially, growing your career is about growing technical expertise and building relationships. You'll need to develop your knowledge not just of your specialized area, but also of adjacent areas, such as pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and clinical development, to understand how to best serve your teammates.
Building relationships cannot be understated. In order to affectively serve your team and to serve patients, you'll need to be able to draw on the strengths and talents of people who aren't directly on your team. You'll need to be the type of person who can reach out to clinical key opinion leaders to figure out what drugs you should be working on, who can push and pull on other departments internally to advance projects, and who can find external partners like CROs, CMOs, and suppliers who can support your company's work.
An easy way to start growing your knowledge just by exploring our sites resources! You can find conferences and events to learn from and network with other professionals here as well, and grow your knowledge a little every day by reading our science-based newsletter.
We wish you the best of luck on your drug discovery journey, and hope to meet you in person someday!

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