San Diego, California

Kelly Services is actively recruiting for a Medicinal Chemist to work in San Diego, CA. 

This is a Direct Hire Opportunity! 

Responsibilities of the Medicinal Chemist includes: 

  • Direct and drive medicinal chemistry functions for one or more drug discovery projects, working in concert with partners in biology, pharmacology, computational chemistry, ADME, and other key functions.
  • Design and synthesize quality chemical leads for new drug targets and improve potency, selectivity, and ADME properties of lead compounds.
  • 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. T
  • Work in a team environment and is expected to have strong written and oral communication skills.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry or related field is required.
  • Must have 2 to 5 years of post-graduate experience relevant to organic synthesis or medicinal chemistry.
  • Good familiarity with modern organometallic transformations and methods
  • Experience in independently designing synthetic routes and conducting multi-step syntheses in small and large scales towards targeted compounds.
  • Ability to independently solve complex problems relating to organic synthesis.
  • Track record of scientific contributions including peer reviewed publications, patent applications, and/or presentations at national meetings is required.
  • Hands-on experience executing a variety of organic chemistry reactions including synthesis of chiral compounds.
  • Highly productive in the lab along with hands-on experience using modern lab techniques.
  • Motivated team player and ability to work in a multi-functional team environment.
  • Strong knowledge of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery approaches is preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


If interested and qualified, please submit your resume for immediate consideration.  


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Kelly® Science & Clinical is your connection to premier scientific and clinical companies looking to hire talented people just like you. Every day, we match science professionals with dream jobs that fit their skills and interests—it’s the way we think job searching should be. Nearly 100 percent of our science recruiters have a professional background/education in science, so we know a thing or two about the science market and how to get you noticed.

About Kelly®

At Kelly, we’re always thinking about what’s next and advising job seekers on new ways of working to reach their full potential. In fact, we’re a leading advocate for temporary/nontraditional workstyles, because we believe they allow flexibility and tremendous growth opportunities that enable a better way to work and live (plus, did we mention we provide a ton of benefits?). Connecting great people with great companies is what we do best, and our employment opportunities span a wide variety of workstyles, skill levels, and industries around the world.

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San Diego, California

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