Group Leader (Medicinal Chemistry), Nottingham, UK

Operating from state-of-the-art research facilities in Loughborough and BioCity, Nottingham, UK, Charnwood Molecular is a leading Contract Research Organisation, providing medicinal chemistry, process research and other synthetic chemistry services to the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries.

As part of an ongoing expansion to meet the rising demand for our services, we are now looking to recruit an exceptional individual to contribute to the leadership and management of our project teams at BioCity.

Reporting directly to the Head of Medicinal Chemistry, you will be a key member of our leadership team; your role will involve the design and implementation of new synthetic routes, supporting the day-to-day activities of your team of research chemists, and liaising directly with our clients and collaborators.

Candidate specification:

A BSc, Masters or PhD degree in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry along with at least 10 years of relevant experience within a biotech, pharmaceutical or contract chemical research organisation.

Previous experience of successfully leading small- to medium-sized teams of medicinal and synthetic chemists in the delivery of drug discovery projects at the hit to lead or lead optimization stages is essential.

A thorough understanding of the principles of modern day drug discovery, including the importance of physicochemical properties and multiparameter optimization in compound design.

An understanding of the role of DMPK and toxicology in drug discovery would be beneficial. A good knowledge of the biological concepts underpinning the drug discovery process is also desirable.

At Charnwood Molecular we recognise that a company’s real strengths lie in the people that it employs. Our strategy is to recruit the most talented individuals to bring a wealth of creative talent to our team. This is a permanent role offering an competitive salary, benefits and training package, including company pension scheme and medical insurance.

If you have the drive and ambition to help shape the development of a dynamic research-led company located in the heart of the vibrant City of Nottingham, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Please note that all applicants should be eligible to work in the UK.

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To be considered, or for further informal discussions, please submit a detailed CV and covering letter:


Required – Synthetic and Medicinal Chemists

Charnwood Molecular are seeking passionate and driven Synthetic and Medicinal chemists to join our growing team at BioCity, Nottingham.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our award-winning team and become an integral part of our ongoing expansion. As a company, we invest heavily in the professional development of all of our chemists, with the aim of consolidating and expanding upon their existing skill sets. In this way, we position our teams at the leading edge of scientific endeavour in both synthetic and medicinal chemistry, allowing them to add innovative value to clients’ projects.

Previous industrial experience would be an advantage but is not a necessity. A PhD would be preferred but we also wish to hear from first degree graduates with relevant industrial experience.

If you are interested in joining Charnwood Molecular, please send your CV, with a covering letter to:

Applicants for these positions should have the right to work in the UK.


We’re now looking to grow our Business Development team

Due to increasing, global demand for our synthetic chemistry-based services for Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery programs, we are now looking to enhance our Business Development team. We’d be particularly interested in hearing from you if you have a technical background in these areas, with a desire to now take that experience into an exciting, new commercial role.

In the first instance, please contact us at:, providing your CV.

Applicants for this position should have the right to work in the UK

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