Analytical Chemist - Scientist/Research Scientist

SoseiHeptares Cambridge United Kingdom Biotech

Company Description

Sosei Heptares (the corporate brand of Sosei Group Corporation) is a research-focused biotechnology group, publicly listed in Japan (TSE: 4565) and with sites in Tokyo, London and Cambridge (UK).

Our mission is to make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life and health of people around the world. To achieve this, we will discover, design and develop the most innovative and effective medicines for patients worldwide, through our world-leading patent-protected technology and platform.

Our primary focus is the discovery, design and development of new medicines originating from its proprietary G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) targeted StaR® technology and Structure Based Drug Design (SBDD) platform capabilities. The company is advancing a broad and deep pipeline of partnered and in-house drug candidates in multiple therapeutic areas including neurology, immuno-oncology, gastroenterology, inflammation and other rare/specialty diseases. Its leading clinical programs include partnered candidates aimed at the symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (with Allergan) and next generation immuno-oncology approaches to treat cancer (with AstraZeneca). Our additional partners and collaborators include Novartis, Pfizer, Daiichi-Sankyo, PeptiDream, Kymab and MorphoSys.

Sosei Heptares has approximately 145 employees based at its new R&D research facility at Granta Park. The size of the company ensures a transparent linkage between all activities from early discovery through to clinical development.


We are seeking a highly motivated analytical chemist to join our analytical and purification team within the medicinal chemistry department. The role has a broad impact across our discovery and development functions.

For the right candidate, the role provides an opportunity to work with senior scientists to develop and apply best practice in a growing company on scientifically challenging issues at the cutting edge of discovery and development of new medicines. Full training will be provided, for the successful candidate, on the wide range of analytical techniques used at Sosei Heptares.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently, and:

  • Have a relevant background in analytical chemistry and preferably experience in state-of-the-art purification systems and NMR.
  • Be involved in both analytical and preparative separation aspects within our HPLC-MS, SFC-MS and UPLC-MS capabilities.
  • Will help support our compound quality control, as part of the overall compound management process, utilising UPLC-MS instrumentation.
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to meet team requirements demonstrating excellent time management skills.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum 2.1 degree in Analytical Chemistry (or closely related discipline).
  • Relevant experience is desirable but not essential; comprehensive training will be provided.
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic to learn new skills and techniques to contribute to the ongoing discovery research.
  • Proactive and responsive to the challenges of the role.
  • Excellent communication and interaction skills and a capability to operate in a proactive, collaborative and entrepreneurial biotech culture.
  • Clearly communicate in English both verbally and in written reports.

Other information

Applicants must be able to demonstrate proof of the right to work in the United Kingdom.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Heptares is an equal opportunities employer.

Applications should include a covering letter, providing a short description of the background to their interest in the role, with curriculum vitae including the names and contact details for two referees. Please apply through our on-line jobs portal with your application in pdf format, quoting reference number: 2020_1Chem. The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020.

Strictly no Agencies.


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