Medicinal Chemist
Stockholm University Department of Organic Chemistry

Synthetic Chemist/Medicinal Chemist Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-2776-20


at the Department of Organic Chemistry to be placed at Science for Life Laboratory. Closing date: 23 August 2020.

The Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) is a collaboration between four universities in Stockholm and Uppsala: Stockholm University, the Karolinska Institute, the Royal Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University. The SciLifeLab is a national centre for large-scale biosciences with a focus on health and environmental research. The centre combines advanced technical know-how and state-of-the-art equipment with a broad knowledge in translational medicine and molecular biosciences.

SciLifeLab Drug Discovery & Development Platform (DDDP) was established in 2014. The staff at SciLifeLab DDD forms a group of around 40 highly motivated scientists, mostly with experience from industrial drug discovery. The mission is to support Swedish academic researchers in developing drug candidates.

The Department of Organic chemistry at Stockholm University now intends to employ a synthetic chemist/medicinal chemist with focus on synthetic chemistry/pharmaceutical chemistry at the Medicinal Chemistry Hit2Lead facility at SciLifeLab DDD, in Solna.

Main responsibilities

The major duty is to perform experimental work. Applicants will primarily be involved in the design, synthesis, isolation and characterization of novel bioactive compounds in several parallel projects, and contribute to maintainance of the common laboratory equipment and instrumentation. 

Qualification requirements

Chemists are appointed primarily for purposes of research and must hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country. Broad knowledge in practical synthetic organic chemistry.

Prior experience from working in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry or in academic drug discovery research, preferably with experience from evaluation of data in early drug discovery projects (hit identification). Successful work within the area of medicinal chemistry, as documented by publications and/or patents. Interest for and experience of instruments relevant for organic chemistry.

Importantly, you are a highly motivated researcher with the ability to work well in a multidisciplinary environment and have a distinct quality- and results-focus. You are fluent in spoken and written English.

A general eligibility requirement is that the applicant must possess the personal capabilities necessary to carry out fully the duties of the appointment such as ability to communicate, motivation, collaborative skills and ability to prioritise. It is important that the applicant can have a fast start at the facility.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, indefinite-term position with a six-month trial period. Stockholm University has an individual salary policy and therefore please state requested salary in the application. Starting date as soon as possible.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Platform Director SciLifeLab DDDP, Prof. Per Arvidsson,, and Facility Manager, Med Chem Hit-2-Lead, SciLifeLab DDDP, Ylva Gravenfors,

Please visit the home page for DDDP: For more general information about SciLifeLab, please visit

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Only include the cover letter, CV and a copy of PhD diploma in your application. Bring other copies of grades and certificates if you are called to an interview. 

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 23/08/2020


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