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Scientific Director, Discovery Chemistry

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Chemistry


Job Description

Requisition ID: 3841180612

Janssen Research & Development, L.L.C., a division of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies is recruiting for a Scientific Director in Discovery Chemistry, for our site in Boston (Cambridge), MA.

 

At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, what matters most is helping people live full and healthy lives. We focus on treating, curing and preventing some of the most devastating and complex diseases of our time. And we pursue the most promising science, wherever it might be found.  

 

Janssen Research & Development, LLC discovers and develops innovative medical solutions to address important unmet medical needs in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, infectious diseases and vaccines, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Please visit http://www.janssenrnd.com/ for more information.  

 

We are Janssen. Our mission drives us. Our patients inspire us. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it.

 

Thriving on a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion. Proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

The newly formed Discovery Chemistry group within Discovery Sciences is committed to the delivery of high quality drug candidates working with all six Janssen Therapeutic Areas (TA) discovery teams.  This mission requires deep scientific expertise in a number of disciplines including chemistry, cellular and molecular pharmacology, enzymology, and screening technologies coupled with an ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners.  Building on a strong legacy of success, we are currently seeking an outstanding individual to join our team as Scientific Director, Discovery Chemistry.  This position will be based at our new drug discovery site in Boston, MA.

 

This position will require the candidate to possess and leverage deep knowledge and capabilities to deliver differentiated clinical candidates to the Janssen product development pipeline within our Disease and Pathway Area Stronghold (DAS and PAS) strategy.  Using a mix of internal and external resources, the Scientific Director will partner with key stakeholders in the Therapeutic Areas and other internal groups, represent medicinal chemistry and lead cross-functional project teams, and be co-responsible for building, managing, and delivering high quality clinical molecules. Responsibilities of the Scientific Director will include:

  • As project leader, drive and direct medicinal chemistry functions for two or more CVM drug discovery projects, working in concert with partners in molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, computational chemistry, ADME, structural biology, chemical development, and other key functions
  • Analyze screening data, perform literature reviews, design, propose, and execute medicinal chemistry plans, coordinate chemistry and biology data to support compound progression and patent strategies
  • Supervise and direct synthetic / medicinal chemistry activities at contract research organizations (CROs)
  • Participate in portfolio and stage-gate reviews, lead the preparation and presentation of dossiers for clinical candidate nomination and compound advancement
  • Help lead shaping and implementing strategies that support medicinal chemistry growth objectives at Janssen
  • Serve as a scientific expert in medicinal chemistry with both internal and external partners and provide recommendations regarding new targets and emerging external opportunities.
  • Provide chemistry drug discovery insights and objective assessment(s) to various stakeholders including colleagues in Discovery Sciences, the J&J Innovation Centers, and across multiple Therapeutic Areas.
  • Ensure optimal interaction/communication and provide updates on project status to Discovery Chemistry & TA leadership
  • May have direct or indirect management responsibilities when leading projects or teams



Qualifications

  • PhD in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry is required 
  • Postdoctoral experience is preferred  
  • A minimum of 12 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry with a proven track record of leading innovative drug discovery projects and providing key contributions to clinical candidate selection is required
  • Broad experience and proven accomplishments in medicinal chemistry, with operational skills for managing discovery programs at the level of a senior chemist/team leader is required
  • Proven track record of delivering clinical candidates is required
  • Expert knowledge of modern methods of synthetic and medicinal chemistry with ability to successfully and simultaneously conduct medicinal chemistry on multiple projects is required
  • Solid understanding of cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, disease pharmacology, mechanisms of drug metabolism and molecular toxicology, pharmaco-kinetic and pharmaco-dynamic sciences, and formulations for the in vivo evaluation of drug candidates is required
  • Experience with computational chemistry methods and biophysical techniques such as X-ray crystallography and macromolecular NMR is required
  • Ability to integrate multiple R&D disciplines into a successful strategic project plan is required
  • Experience in managing project budgets, aligning actions with overall strategy, and supporting business cases for decision-making is preferred
  • Experience in overseeing and directing day to day scientific activities of peers, junior staff both internally and at CRO’s is required
  • Strong track record of scientific contributions including peer reviewed first-author publications, patent applications, and presentations at major national meetings is required
  • Up to 15% travel both domestically and internationally is required

Additional Skills:

  • Strong problem-solving skills for developing creative, innovative solutions, and meeting project objectives
  • Demonstrated influence, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills, including the ability to succeed within a matrix environment are required
  • Broad experience in the assessment of molecules identified from divergent small molecule screening campaigns with an ability to design and oversee execution of rational triage strategies to deliver tractable chemical leads to discovery teams
  • An unparalleled ability to interact collegially with biology leaders and their discovery teams to set the strategic direction for TA portfolios to drive early discovery programs to critical decision points



Primary Location
United States-Massachusetts-Cambridge
Organization
Janssen Research & Development, LLC. (6084)
Job Function
Chemistry
Requisition ID
3841180612