LEO Pharma

R&D Senior Chemist for API Process Research

We are looking for a dedicated R&D Senior Scientist for API Process Research. You will be dealing with development of new synthetic routes and procedures for manufacture of APIs. As our new colleague you are ambitious, highly motivated and have a passion for chemical process development.

About the Department

API Process Research is located in our headquarter in Ballerup, Denmark. We focus on process R&D of novel therapeutic small molecules, and we are responsible for all API related activities, in relation to our R&D portfolio, up to clinical Proof of Concept (PoC). In more details, we work with synthetic route scouting, process optimization, upscale, and smaller scale API manufacture. Larger scale API manufacture and manufacture of clinical API batches are taken care of by  our partners. We work extensively together with a range of preferred partners both in Europe and Asia, so management of external activities is a key competence.

To identify the best solution for a given project, we combine a high degree of scientific know-how with a flexible and proactive mindset. Over the last couple of years, we have invested significantly in new lab facilities and new equipment such as advanced reactor systems and in line probes to be able to develop the best possible chemical solutions in a fast, well-documented and efficient manner.

A position where you can influence our future success

As a R&D Senior Scientist your responsibilities will cover: 

  • Identification of synthetic routes to APIs applicable for larger scale API manufacture   
  • Optimization and scale-up of synthetic processes 
  • Process transfer to internal or external partners
  • Close collaboration with a range of internal colleagues as well as our external partners
  • Manufacture of smaller batches of API for pre-clinical trials
  • Practical Chemical Synthesis including supervision of laboratory personnel

Your profile

You are a responsible and motivated team player, result-oriented and well organised in your working routines. It is important that you are open minded, enjoy working together with colleagues and external partners and are able to drive projects on your own. You have a strong background within organic chemistry and process R&D. Ideally you have some years of experience from the pharmaceutical industry with hands-on experience within process chemistry. You enjoy working in the laboratory solving practical challenges within organic chemistry and you are capable of coming up with new innovative solutions.

In addition you possess:

  • A MSc/PhD in organic chemistry or equivalent scientific experience
  • The flexibility of both being a team player and working on your own
  • A proactive, positive and structured personality with a flexible mind-set
  • The ability to convert theory into practical solutions

We offer

An opportunity to be part of a dynamic and enthusiastic team of highly skilled colleagues working with chemical development in a professional and ambitious environment. You will be working in our laboratory and will be part of cross-functional teams supporting project activities from the late discovery phase before Candidate Selection to clinical PoC.

More information & contact

Do you want to hear more about the position, please feel free to contact Søren Ebdrup, Head of API Process Research, on +4525518796

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