Scientist - Chemistry Process R&D


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.


In this role you will join the Chemical Development & Commerical Manufacturing department that drives the drug development portfolio of Idorsia. You will work in a matrix environment where initiative, leadership, close teamwork and excellent communication are required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leading a motivated team of Lab Technicians and/or Research Associates 
  • Developing synthetic routes that are fit for the production of the first multi-kg amounts of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API)
  • Optimizing chemical processes in terms of robustness, safety, cost, efficiency and green metrics
  • Producing API’s on kilogram scale (in 30 L reactor) to support preclinical development
  • Drafting process protocols or batch records for the multi-kg non-GMP production
  • Summarizing process knowledge in technical transfer documents as basis for the outsourced GMP production 
  • Technical assistance of outsourced production campaigns as lead chemist by participating in telephone conferences and supplier visits, as well as performing troubleshooting and synthesis of impurities in the laboratory. 
  • Designing and developing second-generation routes for Idorsia drug candidates to lower the cost of goods and to secure freedom to operate 
  • Drafting of process patents and publishing manuscripts in renowned journals 
  • Representing Chemistry Process R&D in drug discovery and CMC teams


Candidate’s Requirements

  • PhD in synthetic organic chemistry 
  • PostDoc or industrial experience 
  • Practical experience within industrial Process R&D and scale-up is beneficial, but not a must.
  • Excellent skills in synthetic organic chemistry including reaction optimizations, asymmetric syntheses, reaction monitoring and analysis (including online monitoring), and work-up and isolation techniques 
  • High interest in new organic chemistry technologies (Photoredox catalysis, electrochemistry etc.)
  • Experience in process safety (DSC, RC1, risk assessment) is beneficial, but not a must.
  • Good communication skills 
  • Open-minded and positive personality. 
  • Ability and desire to work within close-knit and empowered teams
  • Ability to meet stringent timelines and focusing on goals, whilst not compromising process safety
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral, and good knowledge of German 


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
  • A competitive salary and generous social benefits


Work  Location: Allschwil

Country: Switzerland

Business Area: CD&CM

Schedule: Fulltime

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 1526


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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