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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.

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US West Coast (e.g. Biotech Startup Jobs in San Francisco, San Diego, and Seattle)

TitleAreaCompanyCityState or CountryYears Post-PhD
Account Executivehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1N2Mdd8E2CEXZhiq4sOJ3pczOji6Sqjvw/viewBiotech and Pharma Industry MediaDrug HunterRemoteUSA02/05/23
Sales Manager/Directorhttps://drughunters.com/3Y7wnhTBiotech and Pharma Industry MediaDrug HunterRemoteUSA01/28/23
Operations Managerhttps://bit.ly/3wE2E4QDrug HunterPortlandOR508/30/22
Product Managerhttps://bit.ly/3Ayh6MSDigital ServicesDrug HunterPortlandOR208/30/22
Scientific Writerhttps://bit.ly/3AWqrzqDrug DiscoveryDrug HunterPortlandOR708/30/22
Executive Editorhttps://bit.ly/3CZmBHlDrug DiscoveryDrug HunterPortlandOR1508/30/22
Senior Vice Presidenthttps://jobs.lever.co/dayonebio/7ff8cdc2-de18-46b7-98b6-06686603cd53?lever-source=DrugHunterExternal Discovery and ResearchDay One BiopharmaceuticalsRemoteRemote1511/03/22
Directorhttps://jobs.lever.co/Plexium/155bde76-98f7-49e2-b4c5-fc0f29a51911/apply?lever-source=DrugHunterComputational ChemistryPlexiumSan DiegoCA04/05/22
Director / Senior Directorhttps://app.trinethire.com/companies/33691-kinnate-biopharma-inc/jobs/59782-director-senior-director-medicinal-chemistryMedicinal ChemistryKinnateSan Francisco,CA704/15/22
Business Development Manager https://bit.ly/3GQadcnoptibriumNorth America06/02/22
Scientisthttps://boards.greenhouse.io/dnli/jobs/4657690Small Molecule DiscoveryDenali TherapeuticsSouth San FranciscoCA11/03/22
Associate Principal Scientisthttps://boards.greenhouse.io/atomwise/jobs/6474026002?gh_src=DrugHunterMedicinal ChemistryAtomwiseSan FranciscoCA811/06/22
Directorhttps://boards.greenhouse.io/schrdinger/jobs/5337569003?s=LinkedIn&source=DrugHunterMedicinal ChemistrySchrödingerSan DiegoCA1212/11/22
Senior Director https://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/eikontx/job/otqwlfwu?__jvst=Employee&__jvsd=s1Pdbjw2&__jvsc=LinkedIn&bid=nNjJn3wKMedicinal ChemistryEikon TherapeuticsHaywardCA1512/11/22
Vice Presidenthttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3331951705/?trackingId=ymXDqk9ZRLmyNjhrp0rn3w%3D%3D&refId=sB9AKZYKRiKPSgRqf0P0ow%3D%3D&midToken=AQG96ivyPRIFqg&midSig=1tRLEePZ2y7WA1&trk=eml-jobs_jymbii_digest-job_card-0-jobcard_body&trkEmail=eml-jobs_jymbii_digest-job_card-0-jobcard_body-null-6x7mst~lby3kgqo~ya-null-null&eid=6x7mst-lby3kgqo-yaDrug DiscoveryMeliora TherapeuticsRemoteRemote1512/23/22
Senior Program Managerhttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3448388919/?refId=BkfFKtPbQSSghQgtqBCMXg%3D%3D&trackingId=BkfFKtPbQSSghQgtqBCMXg%3D%3DDrug DiscoveryRainwater Charitable FoundationFort WorthTX501/30/23
Senior Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=589130cef91dc63e&hl=enR&D StrategyViridian Therapeutics, IncRemoteRemote1501/31/23
Senior Scientist IIhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=7864f21adad1aaad&hl=enStructural ChemistryGilead SciencesFoster CityCA02/01/23
Scientist/Sr. Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=f16863b18f709013&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryWeatherwax BioSan FranciscoCA302/01/23
Scientist 2https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=3a6ca977f85d1952&hl=enOligonucleotide Design with Synthetic ChemistryBioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.San RafaelCA202/01/23
Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=eebbabeb3f4c02d4&hl=enHit-to-Lead ChemistryExelixis, Inc.AlamedaCA02/01/23
Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=5a7f76ba78c8a63f&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryTreeline BiosciencesSan DiegoCA02/01/23
Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=4af53b5d7b773cb5&hl=enDiscovery ChemistryGenentechSan FranciscoCA02/01/23
Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=2988c349144a8005&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryInception TherapeuticsSan DiegoCA702/01/23
Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=8d92d918c2bf20d7&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryVicinitas TherapeuticsSouth San FranciscoCA02/01/23
Head of Chemistryhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=4500d3cba524a8e4&hl=enNANOSYNSanta ClaraCA02/01/23
Scientist, Discovery Chemistryhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=c12299cd2785ac12&hl=enResearch & DevelopmentJohnson & JohnsonSan DiegoCA02/01/23
Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=ce337e2ef8afc718&hl=enOrganic ChemistryKodiak Sciences Inc.Palo AltoCA02/01/23
Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=92f96b19c3645185&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryNeurocrine BioscienceSan DiegoCA1002/01/23
Vice Presidenthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=0b6607bcd7e93594&hl=enDiscovery ChemistrySeagenBothellWA1502/01/23
Director/Senior Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=aed8dac560128282&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryBrii BiosciencesSan MateoCA1002/01/23
Associate Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=e92239f2294e2e5d&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryAtomwiseSan FranciscoCA802/01/23
Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=b2c98f3dd0efcb2e&hl=enNovartisSan DiegoCA02/01/23
Scientific Leadhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=ebe706deb8f75bca&hl=enProteomicsLoxo OncologySouth San FranciscoCA02/01/23
Medicinal and Synthetic Chemisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=99bc07c039c3dd61&hl=enNANOSYNSanta ClaraCA202/01/23
Scientist I/Scientist IIhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=d62dccff44f6e30c&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryDiCE MoleculesSV, IncSouth San FranciscoCA02/01/23
Distinguished Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=1ab6e00e5801070f&hl=enDrug Metabolism and PharmacokineticsGenentechSouth San FranciscoCA1002/02/23
Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=de4f97b9280ab64c&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryMaze TherapeuticsSouth San FranciscoCA502/01/23
Principal Scientist https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=d8f6801c9c8ed2b6&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryThink BioscienceBoulderCO502/02/23
Scientist IIhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=72a33c5ee0a5fe5e&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryRevolution MedicinesRedwood CityWA02/02/23
Institute Group Leaderhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=d8240717f53f7046&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryMD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonTX02/02/23
Associate Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=4af9d80f751982a2&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryBristol Myers SquibbBrisbaneCA1202/02/23
Team Leaderhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=692ec6713cf90791&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryCogent BiosciencesBoulderCO02/01/23
Principal Institute Research Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=1710a6c8344c1fb9&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryMD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonTX02/02/23
Senior Scientific Leadhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=2b5aa15f10fcc099&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryLoxo OncologyLouisvilleCO202/02/23
Associate Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=542f43f99585fb4e&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryBristol Myers SquibbSan DiegoCA202/02/23
Senior Scientist Ihttps://boards.greenhouse.io/virbiotechnologyinc/jobs/4169822005?gh_src=7d1b19b25us&source=DrugHunterComputational ChemistryVir Biotechnology, Inc.San FranciscoCA802/02/23

US East Coast (e.g. Pharma and Biotech Careers in New York, Boston, and North Carolina)

TitleAreaCompanyCityState or CountryYears Post-PhD
Drug Discovery Biologisthttps://drughunters.com/3W30xBfDrug DiscoveryD. E. Shaw ResearchNew YorkNY01/13/23
Computational Drug Discoveryhttps://drughunters.com/3W7AxEIDrug DiscoveryD. E. Shaw ResearchNew YorkNY01/13/23
Medicinal Chemistryhttps://drughunters.com/3GBAI5IMedicinal ChemistryD. E. Shaw ResearchNew YorkNY01/13/23
Vice President https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3331951705/?trackingId=48PLabWcRQKHIYg2c0uGuw%3D%3D&refId=1rka6fTpR%2B2c15GHo%2BKDGw%3D%3D&midToken=AQG96ivyPRIFqg&midSig=1GssiwpsWDVas1&trk=eml-jobs_jymbii_digest-job_card-0-jobcard_body&trkEmail=eml-jobs_jymbii_digest-job_card-0-jobcard_body-null-6x7mst~l9q33oxz~yp-null-null&eid=6x7mst-l9q33oxz-ypDrug DiscoveryMeliora TherapeuticsRemoteUS1510/27/22
Medicinal Chemisthttps://www.function-therapeutics.com/jobs/medicinal-chemistMedicinal ChemistryFunction TherapeuticsMilwaukeeWI05/11/22
Directorhttps://rometx.com/current-opportunities/director-chemistry/ChemistryROME TherapeuticsCambridgeMA10
Senior Principal Scientist/Directorhttps://boards.greenhouse.io/schrdinger/jobs/4107468003Medicinal ChemistrySchrodingerNew YorkNY8
Senior Scientisthttps://www.nimbustx.com/jobs/4721910004/Computational ChemistryNimbus TherapeuticsBostonMA11/03/22
Associate Directorhttps://www.nimbustx.com/jobs/4721970004/Computational ChemistryNimbus TherapeuticsBostonMA11/03/22
Sr. Directorhttps://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/eikontx/job/otqwlfwu?__jvst=Employee&__jvsd=s1Pdbjw2&__jvsc=DrugHunterMedicinal ChemistryEikon TherapeuticsNew YorkNY1511/12/22
Senior Director https://jobs.jobvite.com/careers/eikontx/job/otqwlfwu?__jvst=Employee&__jvsd=s1Pdbjw2&__jvsc=LinkedIn&bid=nNjJn3wKMedicinal ChemistryEikon TherapeuticsNew YorkNY1512/11/22
Directorhttps://boards.greenhouse.io/schrdinger/jobs/5337569003?s=LinkedIn&source=DrugHunterMedicinal ChemistrySchrödingerNew YorkNYCA12/11/22
Research Fellowhttps://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/Biogen/743999869422961-research-fellow-medicinal-chemistry-chemical-biologyMedicinal Chemistry - Chemical BiologyBiogenCambridgeMA12/14/22
Principal/Directorhttps://jobs.lever.co/Curie/7d5d66ad-d76c-474c-8bb5-f5bcdedada16/apply?lever-source=DrugHunterCurie.BioRemoteMA312/23/22
Principal Scientisthttps://boards.greenhouse.io/treelinebiosciences/jobs/4758492004?gh_src=DrugHunterMedicinal ChemistryTreeline BiosciencesWatertownMA601/09/23
Sr. Scientist/Principal Scientisthttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3426708419/?refId=6QCYXjQZTrKYbLG8KM50ug%3D%3D&trackingId=6QCYXjQZTrKYbLG8KM50ug%3D%3DMedicinal ChemistryFrontier MedicinesBostonMA501/10/23
Directorhttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3436844037/?refId=6nTdMdVRTmGFy1VYqKD9Gw%3D%3D&trackingId=6nTdMdVRTmGFy1VYqKD9Gw%3D%3DMedicinal ChemistryExscientiaBostonMA1001/30/23
Director/Associate Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=28f55cb5f053844b&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryBAKX TherapeuticsBostonMA602/01/23
Project Leaderhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=db8278fa6aff05df&hl=enCancer Drug DiscoveryScorpion TherapeuticsBostonMA1002/01/23
Principal/Senior Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=5f71a72ff34f3ae2&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryMOMA TherapeuticsCambridgeMA302/01/23
Scientist I/IIhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=cab741d301714a1a&hl=enComputational ChemistryJnana TherapeuticsBostonMA02/01/23
Computational Toxicologisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=75795a5559714a6a&hl=enZoetisKalamazooMI 502/01/23
Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=a1d693b351af330d&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryEnanta PharmaceuticalsWatertownMA02/01/23
Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=f9d010a1ac7bf070&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryRheos MedicinesCambridgeMA02/01/23
Principal Scientist/Sr. Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=a3c33b6d451bfbab&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryDewpoint TherapeuticsBostonMA502/01/23
Directorhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=2a0954d3fd145e08&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryExelixis, Inc.King of PrussiaPA02/01/23
Senior Scientist II / Principal Research Scientist Ihttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=d2cc6440993515ac&hl=enChemistry - Discovery ResearchABBVIEChicagoIL1202/01/23
Principal Scientist https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=d812eb1d731a4138&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryEntact BioWatertownMA502/01/23
Scientific Leadhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=ebe706deb8f75bca&hl=enProteomicsLoxo OncologySouth San FranciscoCA02/01/23
Principal Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=0a666c30f8689349&hl=enMedicinal ChemistryPTC THERAPEUTICSBridgewaterNJ02/02/23
Sr. Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=4412dc886066ecf8&hl=enMedicinal Chemistry, Tumor Targeted DeliveryAstraZenecaWalthamMA02/02/23
Head of Chemistryhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=3f05923914bea100&hl=enFlagship Pioneering, Inc.CambridgeMA1002/02/23
Managing Scientisthttps://talent.stjude.org/research/jobs/11173?lang=en-usMedicinal ChemistrySt. Jude Children’s Research HospitalMemphisTN301/03/2023
Scientisthttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=14a2382c338eb48e&hl=enOligo ChemistryNovo NordiskLexingtonMA302/02/2023
Head of Chemistryhttps://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=a024717d491ae081&hl=enMontai HealthCambridgeMA02/02/2023
Senior Scientisthttps://careers.abbvie.com/en/job/worcester/senior-scientist-ai-ml-drug-discovery/14/43879180224AI/ML - Drug DiscoveryAbbVieWorcesterMA02/02/23
Principal Scientist/Associate Directorhttps://jobs.lever.co/atavistik-bio/55302de7-826f-448b-9c60-e6df5d05cec0?lever-source=LinkedInJobsMolecular ModelingAtavistik Bio CambridgeMA02/02/23

International (e.g. Opportunities in European Pharma Companies and the UK)

TitleAreaCompanyCityState or CountryYears Post-PhD
Senior Researcherhttps://apply.workable.com/exscientia/j/0382EBACAA/?utm_campaign=67710720ce&utm_medium=eps&utm_source=DrugHunterMedicinal ChemistryExscientiaOxfordUK211/12/22
Principal Scientisthttps://charmtx.com/careers/principal-scientist-computational-chemist/?gh_jid=4104615101Computational ChemistryCHARM TherapeuticsCambridgeUK812/11/22
Head of Chemistryhttps://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3314645002/?refId=DRfZ5rhJRPCIuXYmd1hZig%3D%3D&trackingId=DRfZ5rhJRPCIuXYmd1hZig%3D%3D Drug Discovery Unit University of DundeeScotlandUK01/27/23

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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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