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(Associate) Principal Scientist Research – Medicinal Chemistry (f/m/d)

(Associate) Principal Scientist Research – Medicinal Chemistry (f/m/d)

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The Position  

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated, collaborative scientist to join our medicinal chemistry group at Boehringer Ingelheim in Vienna, Austria. The successful candidate will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will be applying their skills to the rational design and optimization of small molecules through lead generation, lead optimization and development candidate selection of new potential therapeutics in Oncology. This is a fixed term contract for 3 years with option for extension.

Tasks & responsibilities

  • Design, optimize and supervise the synthesis of novel drug candidates in oncology
  • Analyze and interpret data sets and literature (X-Ray crystal structures, computational modeling, physicochemical properties, in vitro and in vivo biological and ADME/PK data) and develop structure-activity relationships
  • Generate experimentally testable hypotheses and design decision making follow-up experiments
  • Supervise, develop and motivate 1-3 direct reports (lab-based synthetic chemists)
  • Understand the goals and strategies of the project team and as part of the chemistry team develop and execute strategies aligned to project objectives
  • Drive improvements to projects and departments by sharing best practices, demonstrating scientific rigor, leading by example and fostering a positive and collaborative work environment across functions
  • Collaborate and build strong relationships with peers in the multi-disciplinary project team, locally and globally, to support the advancement of projects and to identify clinical candidates


  • Doctoral degree (PhD) and at least two years post-doctoral or industrial experience in relevant chemistry discipline, e.g. organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and understanding of how individual work impacts the objectives of the team
  • Substantial, up-to-date knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry, including heterocyclic chemistry 
  • Outstanding creativity, critical thinking and analytical and problem-solving skills to generate and execute ideas to positively impact project goals
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, capable of conveying technical and project information in a concise and clear manner 
  • Previous experience in managing and developing direct reports or students is advantageous
  • Comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment

Your Benefits

  • Position specific training opportunities for your personal and professional growth
  • Comprehensive health promotion, sustaining your health in the best possible way
  • Additional off-days (bridge-days) for more leisure time
  • Staff restaurant with a variety of lunch options for your daily well-being
We offer an attractive salary package in line with your qualification, experience and individual competencies. The base pay is composed of a market oriented excess payment and the respective amount according to the Austrian collective agreement (at least € 60,000 gross per year/full-time).

Why Boehringer Ingelheim?  

  • Breakthrough therapies and innovative healthcare solutions for both humans and animals
  • As a family owned company, we take the long view and stand for stability and sustainability
  • Talented and ambitious teams, living innovation and growing together
  • 50,000 employees globally, 2,600 in Vienna

Boehringer Ingelheim is an equal opportunity global employer who takes pride in maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. We embrace diversity of perspectives and strive for an inclusive environment, which benefits our employees, patients and communities.

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Effects of Covid-19

We will continue to hire talented people and we look forward to receiving your applications. For applicants, virtual video interviews will initially take place. During the limited in-person interviews we still have during this time, we pay special attention to distance and the recommended hygiene rules. We warmly welcome new employees to our 3-day onboarding event, which takes place in the form of an online event.

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Ready to contact us? Do you have any additional questions about the position? Your HR Recruiting Manager for this position is Sonia Arzt.

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Job– Research & Development
Primary Location – Europe-AT-Vienna-Vienna
Organization – AT-Boehringer Ingelheim Regional Center Vienna GmbH & Co KG (Austria)

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