Scientific Associate


Basel Area, 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 want to develop Idorsia into one of Europe’s leading biopharmaceutical companies, 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 1,100 highly qualified specialists dedicated to realizing our ambitious targets.


For our Chemistry Process R&D organization, we are looking for a highly motivated Scientific Associate on a permanent basis. In this role, you have the excellent opportunity to contribute to the synthesis of Idorsia's beautiful molecules on large scale. 
Job Responsibilities

  • Carrying out laboratory work ranging from route finding on gram-scale to multi-kilogram syntheses in 5-30 L reactors
  • Optimizing reactions by scrupulous control of reaction parameters 
  • Proposing alternative reaction conditions and synthesis pathways, and solve scale-up problems
  • Monitoring reaction progress and performing compound analysis using TLC, LC/MS, GC/MS, NMR, or online techniques
  • Interpret analytical data and take appropriate action
  • Purify reaction products using standard techniques e.g. column chromatography, prep. HPLC, crystallization, or distillation 
  • Performing general lab duties and maintain a high standard of order and cleanliness 
  • Accurate and regular documentation of experimental work using electronic lab journal 
  • Summarizing the weekly progress 
  • Present at internal meetings 


Candidate’s Requirements


  • Apprenticeship as laboratory technician or higher education (BSc, MSc), specialized in organic chemistry.
  • Excellent practical skills in synthetic organic chemistry 
  • Routine use of modern methods to purify and characterize organic compounds (e.g. column chromatography, automated column chromatography, HPLC, LC/MS, NMR, GC/MS, etc.)
  • Ability to plan and accurately document practical work
  • Safety first attitude, compliance with process safety best practice
  • Hands-on attitude, problem-solving skills and positive mindset
  • Flexibility for changing work assignments 
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral
  • Good communication and team-working skills

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 benefits

Work Location: Allschwil - Basel Area
Country: Switzerland
Business Area: Chemical Development and Commercial Manufacturing – Chemistry Process R&D
Schedule: Full time
Job Type: Permanent
Job ID: 3556


At Idorsia, we harness the power of difference, authenticity, and inclusion to achieve business success.
We encourage all potential candidates with diverse backgrounds of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, and disability to submit their job applications. All applicants will receive consideration.
We are committed to fostering respect, fairness, and equal opportunities for all job applicants and our employees.

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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