Trainee in Chemistry Oncology


Basel, 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.


Within our Oncology Chemistry Drug Discovery team, we are looking for two motivated trainees for a 6-months period to participate in the discovery of new drug-like small molecules as well as the optimization of molecular probes. 


Job Responsibilities


  • Collaborating with a team of Medicinal Chemists in an R&D lab
  • Perform reactions on laboratory scale (mg to multi g) according to known and new procedures
  • Monitor reaction progress using TLC, LC-MS, etc. 
  • Interpret reaction monitoring data 
  • Purify reaction products using standard techniques e.g. (automated) column chromatography, prep. HPLC or crystallization
  • Perform compound analysis (e.g. 1H and 13C NMR, etc.) 
  • Interpret analytical data (NMR)
  • Clearly document and communicate practical work using electronic lab journal 


Candidate’s Requirements


  • Bachelor or Master of Science in Chemistry or related field
  • Experience in preparative organic synthesis to carry out reactions on a laboratory scale according to known or new procedures 
  • Routine use of modern methods to purify and characterize organic compounds (e.g. column chromatography, automated column chromatography, HPLC, LC-MS, NMR, GC, etc.) 
  • Willingness to learn new skills and techniques 
  • Well-organized, flexible in work assignment and work schedule
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently
  • Good communication and team-working skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Good English skills (spoken and written)


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

Job ID: 3170


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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