Director Medicinal Chemistry
Groningen, The Netherlands

As a senior member of both the global Drug Discovery & local Site Leadership team, you will be leading a highly talented team of 20-30 scientists overseeing small molecule drug  discovery projects on different target classes pertaining to different disease areas.

  • You will be responsible for the development of the collaborators in your team.  
  • You will have responsibility for the quality and delivery of medicinal chemistry in lead finding and lead optimization projects.
  • You will be accountable for solving complex chemistry problems, unraveling conclusive structure-activity and structure-property relationships, within agreed timelines.
  • You will also contribute to molecular design through current expertise or development in those areas. 
  • You will have a pivotal role in proposal writing and will have a key role in interacting with our customers.

As a member of the leadership team you will actively contribute to the wider strategy of Symeres.


  • Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellowship in Synthetic Organic or Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Minimum of ten year’s practical Medicinal Chemistry project and management experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech or related industry.
  • Previous supervisory experience in a pharmaceutical company.
  • Previous experience in leadership of Medicinal Chemistry projects, and proven track record especially in Hit- to-Lead and Lead Optimisation Phases, leading to the delivery of Pre-Clinical Candidates.
  • Experience in multiple target classes or therapeutic areas


  • Enthusiasm for and interest in all methodological and technological aspects related to modern Medicinal and Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
  • Comfortable to work in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Hard working, inquiring, energetic, confident, and reliable.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills.
  • Willing to take advice from others, but also to teach and to take a leading role.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, but also customer- and service oriented acting.

This vacancy is open for EU-residents only.

An exciting position in a dynamic organization with attractive primary and secondary employment conditions.

If you are interested in this position and would like to know more about it, please contact:

Marjo Lucker, Recruitment Consultant
T: +31 6 13 56 19 88


Marije Hoogendoorn, Recruitment Specialist
T: +31 6 23 13 51 18