Senior Scientist - Computational Chemistry, Ligand Design
Location:
Groton , Connecticut
Posted:
February 22, 2017
Reference:
1042549


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Role Description
Next-generation medicine design is no longer about small molecule enzyme inhibitors! Traditional targets and modalities that have provided rich substrates for drug design and decades of productive industrial and academic research are not the only targets of the future. There is a slow but steady shift in the target landscape and novel modalities such as "biased signaling" of GPCRs, covalent kinase inhibitors, allosteric kinase "activators", ion-channel modulators, protein-protein interaction disruptors, protein degraders and gene therapy are areas of intense scientific research.
Traditional strongholds in medicinal chemistry design - reversible, non-covalent inhibitors of soluble enzymes have become routine. The excitement is in the growing area of covalent inhibitor design (selective covalent kinase inhibitors), design of covalent fragment libraries for screening, organo-boron chemistries and design of chemical probes to identify novel targets.
Towards this exciting future, we are seeking highly creative, independent, enthusiastic, versatile and motivated computational scientists with a strong background in quantum chemistry and/or ligand design to join the Computational Analysis and Design group (CAAD) within Discovery Sciences in Groton, CT. The successful applicant will interface with domain area experts in computational sciences, medicinal chemistry, structural biology, analytical chemistry, PDM and primary pharmacology groups and will be accountable for developing and delivering computational solutions for key medicine design project team endpoints.

Responsibilities
• Develop and deliver timely, high-quality computational solutions to cross-functional teams within the company WRD to meet project team goals.
• Contribute to design and execution of computational strategies such as conformational analysis, reactivity calculations, ligand-based modeling, statistical and quantum chemical approaches.
• Understand complex scientific problems in medicine design, analyze experimental results, propose solutions, communicate results and influence key stakeholders.
• Possess a basic understanding of project team issues and contribute pro-actively through computational efforts.
• Demonstrate ability to thrive in change when faced with uncertain, research problems.
• Expert analysis of relevant data and literature to extract novel insights and drive drug discovery efforts.
• Contribute to publishing original concepts and research work in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at conferences.

Qualifications
• Ph.D. in computational chemistry or a related discipline required.
• 1-3 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry or relevant post-doctoral work will be a plus
• Expert knowledge in computational chemistry principles and ability to apply skills to pharmaceutical research.
• Expertise in standard molecular modeling/mathematical packages (Gaussian, Schrodinger, CCG, OpenEye, Biovia, MatLab) or equivalent open-source packages.
• Advanced knowledge in organic chemistry, physics and mathematics.
• Excellent track record of external publications
• Outstanding teamwork and communication abilities. Proven scientific influence via strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
• Fluency in one or more programming/scripting languages in the Unix environment
• Ability to thrive in a dynamic work environment, change agile, fast learner and active contributor.

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
• Ability to perform mathematical calculations, complex data analysis and long hours in front of a computer screen.

NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS
Occasional business travel, mostly in the NE US

Other Information - Internal
Colleagues who are issued an Incident Final Warning (IFW) on or after January 1, 2016, are not eligible to post and compete for a position for a period of 12-months from the date an IFW is issued.

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