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Associate Director - Medicinal Chemistry, Belgium

Posted on Nov 22, 2020 by Elevate Direct

Beerse, Antwerpen, Belgium
Immediate Start
€90k - €120k Annual

Functions: R&D Discovery chemistry group

Job Description

Janssen Research & Development seeks to bring creative and effective treatments in six therapeutic areas: neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases and metabolism, infectious diseases, immunology, oncology and pulmonary hypertension. In these areas, Janssen aims to address and solve unmet medical needs through the development of small and large molecules, as well as vaccines. The Janssen campus in Beerse (Belgium) has an unusual ecosystem covering the complete drug development life cycle, with all capabilities from basic science to market access on one campus. The coordinated environment of our campus gives our people the chance to experience many different aspects of drug development throughout their career. It has a successful track record of over sixty years of drug discovery and development and is one of the most innovative discovery engines of the Janssen group worldwide. Our Infectious disease medicinal chemistry group focusses on developing small molecule therapeutics to treat infections caused by respiratory viruses like Corona, Influenza and RSV, hepatic viruses like Hepatitis B and C-virus and emerging pathogens like Dengue and Zika virus.

We are currently looking for highly motivated candidates with the following profile:


PhD degree in synthetic, organic or medicinal chemistry

Experience in the field of infectious diseases (development of new anti-bacterials, antivirals, ) is a must.

At least 5-8 years of experience in scientific project leader role with proven advancement of projects through various stages of drug discovery and delivery of multiple clinical candidates.

Skilled people manager (supervising junior staff, career development for direct reports...).

Familiarity with structure-based drug discovery, additional experience with fragment-based drug discovery is a plus

Track record of scientific contributions (peer reviewed publications in high impact factor journals, patents, oral presentations)

Deep knowledge of the synthesis of complex molecules and/or synthetic methodology development, with good understanding of modern synthetic & analytical techniques

Excellent oral and written communication skills, proficient in English both verbal and in writing

Good interpersonal and teamwork skills

Good soft skills, willing to challenge the status quo in a constructive manner suggesting alternative solutions for existing problems

Additional proficiencies

Hands on knowledge of automated synthesis approaches and/or high throughput experimentation set-ups is considered a plus

Expertise or a keen interest in handling large data sets, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is a plus

Our offer

An exciting position in an international and dynamic environment with continuous learning and growth opportunities

Working on a site that harbors all aspects of the drug discovery process, located close to the vibrant city of Antwerp.

An attractive remuneration package with multiple extra-legal benefits (for example hospital insurance, onsite gym facilities, and other health care incentives)

An inclusive team environment where diversity and different opinions are respected and valued, and the importance of a good work-life balance is recognized.

Working schedule:

Candidates are expected to be permanently based near the J&J site in Beerse, Belgium. There is some flexibility on remote working 2-3 days per week.


100% Full company pension plan entry. There is no Employee contribution necessary.


Total 38 days in Belgium.

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Reference: 1014332347

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