Peptide Chemist Medicinal Chemistry

Auris Health

Auris Health

Antwerp, Belgium
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023


Based on your professional experience and educational background, we have the flexibility to tailor the position's level and responsibilities accordingly.

Janssen Research & Development seeks to bring creative and effective treatments in oncology, neuroscience, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases and metabolism, immunology, and pulmonary hypertension. In these areas, Janssen aims to address and solve unmet medical needs through the development of small and large molecules. The Janssen campus in Beerse (Antwerp, Belgium) has an unusual ecosystem covering the complete drug development life cycle, with all capabilities from basic science to market access on one campus. The coordinated environment of our campus gives our people the chance to experience many different aspects of drug development throughout their career. It has a successful track record of over sixty years of drug discovery and development and is one of the most innovative discovery engines of the Janssen group worldwide. Our medicinal chemistry group in Beerse is now expanding our small molecule capabilities into peptide therapeutics. We are currently looking for a highly motivated and experienced peptide chemist to contribute to our peptide drug discovery programs and advance them towards the clinic, with the profile indicated below.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop peptide synthetic strategies using state-of-the-art science and drive productivity in the laboratory setting.
  • Own the automated peptide synthesis infrastructure and collaborate across groups and sites to further develop our global peptide chemistry team and expertise.
  • Contribute to the design, synthesis, and identification of oral peptide drugs.
  • Advise and train our expanding Beerse staff on peptide synthesis techniques and peptide medchem optimization.


Qualifications & Experience

  • PhD degree in organic, medicinal, or peptide chemistry, or a B.Sc. / M.Sc. degree with an equivalent level of relevant experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in peptide chemistry in a pharma- or biotech environment.
  • Strong background in peptide chemistry and respective technologies with a commitment to lab work.
  • Experience in oral peptide design strategies, including half-life extension approaches and incorporation of unnatural amino acids is preferred.
  • Track record of scientific contributions (peer reviewed publications, patents, oral presentations).

Our Offer

· An exciting position in an international and dynamic environment with continuous learning and growth opportunities

· Working on a site that harbors all aspects of the drug discovery process, located close to the vibrant city of Antwerp.

· A competitive salary, on-site sport accommodations, health/energy programs and other benefits for you and your family.

· Flexible working hours (40 h/week), no fixed holiday planning with 39 holidays and possibility to work at home for non-laboratory related tasks.

· An inclusive team environment where diversity and different opinions are respected and valued, and the importance of a good work-life balance is recognized.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.