Internship / Traineeship in Hit to Lead Chemistry


Basel Area - Allschwil, BL, CH



About Idorsia Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Idorsia Ltd is reaching out for more - We have more ideas, we see more opportunities and we want to help more patients.

In order to achieve this, we will develop Idorsia into one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical company, with a strong scientific core.

Headquartered in Switzerland - a European biotech hub - Idorsia is specialized in the discovery and development of small molecules, to transform the horizon of therapeutic options. Idorsia has a broad portfolio of innovative drugs in the pipeline, an experienced team, a fully-functional research center, and a strong balance sheet – the ideal constellation to bringing R&D efforts to business success.

Idorsia was listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: IDIA) in June 2017 and has over 600 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.


Traineeship for 6-8 months in medicinal chemistry. As an intern, you will work within the hit-to-lead team in the chemistry department with the objective of discovering and synthesizing new chemical entities.


Focus of Internship


  • Performing multi-step organic synthesis of intermediates and final organic compounds (10 mg to 50 g scale)
  • Isolation and purification of intermediates and final organic compounds
  • Characterization of compounds with LC-MS, NMR and HPLC
  • Use electronic laboratory notebooks to document research experiments




  • Master’s degree in chemistry
  • Familiar with state of the art analytical and chromatographic techniques including NMR, LCMS and flash chromatography
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Good command of English
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently
  • Good communication and team-working skills
  • Microsoft Office suite Word, Excel and PowerPoint standard knowledge


What Idorsia offers


  • Exciting opportunities for development and professional growth within our dynamic organization
  • A collaborative and solution-oriented environment where you can make a difference
  • An innovative and open culture in a truly multicultural environment


Work Location: Allschwil

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: Drug Discovery

Schedule: Fulltime

Job Type: Temporary Traineeship

Job ID: 1673


If you are interested, please click on apply now.

Please be informed that if you are selected for this position, your employment will be subject to a pre-employment background screening process, of which you would be informed in greater detail in due course.

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