Scientists and Research Scientists in Drug Discovery Chemistry

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 and early 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 novel medicines across multiple therapeutic areas, including CNS, immuno-oncology, gastroenterology, inflammation and other rare/specialty indications.

The company has established partnerships with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, including Allergan, AstraZeneca, Daiichi-Sankyo, Genentech (Roche), Novartis, Pfizer and Takeda and additionally with multiple emerging technology companies.

Sosei Heptares has approximately 161 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 newly or recently (< 3 years in industry) qualified chemistry graduates and Ph.D./Post Docs to join our Drug Discovery Chemistry Team.

We have a number of opportunities in laboratory-based roles which focus on the synthesis of target molecules, but which also offer opportunity to develop molecule design and Medicinal Chemistry expertise.

Successful candidates will play a key role in drug discovery project teams, interacting with scientists from other disciplines, including computational chemistry, molecular pharmacology and drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK).

For the right candidates, these roles provide an excellent opportunity to begin, or continue, a research career in an industry-leading company offering the unique environment of structurally enabled GPCR Drug Discovery.


We are seeking candidates whose profile will include:

  • A minimum 2.1 degree or equivalent, awarded (or expected) in a chemistry discipline
  • (For post-graduate qualified candidates), a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with a strong synthetic component
  • High level understanding of organic synthesis and ability to apply such understanding in a practical setting
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and ability for lateral thinking
  • Enthusiasm and motivation for drug discovery
  • Ability to work highly effectively both in team environments and independently

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in written form, in English

Other information

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

Sosei 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 send your application in pdf format, quoting reference number 2020/3Chem. The closing date for applications is 6th December 2020.

Strictly no agencies.


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