UniQuest - Medicinal Chemist

End Date: 3 March 2017

The Company

UniQuest is the main commercialisation company of The University of Queensland (UQ), specialising in the commercialisation of intellectual property, research outcomes and expertise. UniQuest has a 30 year track record and was responsible for the commercialisation of the HPV vaccine Gardasil®, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, the image correction technology found in two-thirds of the world's MRI machines, and Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, one of Australia's largest biotech acquisitions.

With the support of the Queensland State Government and UQ, UniQuest has established the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI), a new dedicated small molecule drug discovery and development capability located within labs at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience. QEDDI aims to translate innovative discoveries into small molecule drug candidates that could progress towards clinical development potentially through industry partnerships or via investment in a spin-out company.

As a result, we are currently recruiting for the position of Medicinal Chemist.

The role

Reporting to the Director of Medicinal Chemistry, the Medicinal Chemist will perform medicinal chemistry research and development for QEDDI's small molecule drug discovery programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate as part of a project team by conducting the synthesis and characterisation of compounds in support of defined medicinal chemistry objectives
  • Contribute to the interpretation of medicinal chemistry data, such as structure-activity relationships, physicochemistry, ADME-PK and safety pharmacology within a project team
  • Use a range of data and knowledge in the design of new compounds to advance a lead series
  • Use scientific knowledge to solve research problems, particularly in organic synthesis
  • Prepare reports of findings, present data, and collaborate with other scientists
  • Keep up to date with scientific literature relevant to the project

To be successful in your application, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Experience in synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry
  • In-depth, up to date knowledge of modern synthetic techniques, and experience with the development of novel synthetic methodology
  • Ability to maintain accurate, up to date laboratory records and work to commercial standards
  • Experience working in industry-based medicinal chemistry project teams and demonstrated capacity to achieve specific project milestones is desirable
  • Experience working on different therapeutic target classes and a range of structurally different lead compounds is desirable
  • Experience with maintenance and method development for LCMS and HPLC is desirable

This is a great opportunity to be part of a drug discovery initiative that is seeking to translate university-based biology into small molecule drug candidates for commercialisation, bringing value to industry and the various stakeholders.

To apply for the Medicinal Chemist role, please email your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria to jobs@uniquest.com.au. To have a confidential discussion please call Dr Andrew Harvey on +61 (0)427 389 495.

For a copy of the position description/selection criteria, please email jobs@uniquest.com.au.

Job closes on Friday, 3 March at 5.00pm.